Special Issue "Racialized Citizenship in Superdiverse Europe"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Zenia Hellgren
Guest Editor
Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration (GRITIM-UPF), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona 08002, Spain
Interests: My main research areas involve inclusion and exclusion, precarity, and agency of immigrants and racialized groups in European societies, with a particular focus on discrimination viewed as an important obstacle for integration
Dr. Bálint Ábel Bereményi
Guest Editor
Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Nador u. 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary
Interests: My main research interests focus on minorities (Roma/Gypsy), children/youth and social inequalities, mainly in the domains of education and labour market

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an increasing awareness that experiences of racism and discrimination seriously harm the sense of belonging as well as the opportunities to enjoy social mobility and quality of life for many immigrants and ethnic minority peoples in European societies. Yet, there is also a persistent unwillingness to talk about the racial dimension of the kinds of disadvantage and social exclusion that affect immigrants, their descendants and other racialized groups disproportionally. Race as concept has been viable in Anglo-Saxon scholarship, but much less so in the European context, where it was largely replaced by the broader and less specific term “ethnicity” in the aftermath of the Second World War and the painful unravelling of what barbarism Nazi racialization had led to. But, as Lentin (2008) has argued, the European silence about race has allowed European states to declare themselves officially non-racist, while at the same time continuing to imply an inherent European superiority in which Europeanness presupposes whiteness.

European societies today, and in particular, its metropolis, are often described as superdiverse, applying Vertovec’s (2007) illustrative term to define the ethnic, cultural and religious pluralism resulting from decades of immigration. Simultaneously, Europe appears ever more polarized in its approach to migration and diversity, with growing xenophobic currents in politics and public debates.

This volume enquires into how racialization affects the lives of people affected by it in myriad ways. It provides multilevel perspectives on different forms of exclusion, but also inclusion, of immigrants and racialized minorities in European societies. Taking the racialization of non-white immigrants and ethnic minorities as its vantage point, it identifies two specific purposes:

  1. To unveil the multiple ways in which racialization operates to hamper the opportunities and sense of identification with society among immigrants and other minorities; and
  2. To explore some strategies and approaches in order to cope with negative patterns, promoting inclusion and belonging.

The contributors are all scholars who conduct their work at the forefront of contemporary research on race, racialization and the exclusion and inclusion of immigrants and ethnic minorities in European societies. 

More specifically, we would like to invite scholars within this field to submit their abstracts addressing one of the following three sub-topics:

  • Theoretical approaches on race, racialization and intersectionality (with specific emphasis on the intersections between race and class, and race and gender, or all three of them) in Europe today. These contributions could include empirical studies, but the emphasis should lie on theorizing around key concepts such as race, racialization, citizenship, inclusion and exclusion.
  • Discrimination, exclusion, and coping strategies for inclusion and belonging. Here, we specifically welcome empirically grounded papers that explore different forms of race-related discrimination and exclusion, as well as ways to overcome racialized exclusion and construct more inclusive social environments. Contributions could come from, for instance, sociology, anthropology, human geography or urban studies. We imagine that the emphasis of this section will be on papers that incorporate empirical work/case studies, but also more theoretically centered papers are welcome for submission.
  • Research based policy evaluation. This final book session will embrace the merits and challenges of different anti-racist policies and programmes. Here, we expect contributions assessing theoretical and discursive frameworks, implementation processes, outputs and outcomes of policies/programmes of different scope, focusing on a wide range of target populations in European societies. 

Abstracts of 150–200 words should be submitted by 1st September 2020. Completed articles of 6000–12000 words should be submitted by 31st December 2020.

Dr. Zenia Hellgren
Dr. Bálint Ábel Bereményi
Guest Editors

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  • racism and discrimination
  • social mobility
  • quality of life
  • immigrants
  • racialization
  • European societies
  • citizenship
  • inclusion and exclusion
  • theoretical approaches
  • policy evaluation

Published Papers

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