Everyday Re-Bordering and the Intersections of Borderwork, Boundary Work and Emotion Work amongst Romanians Living in the UK

Cassidy, Kathryn (2020) Everyday Re-Bordering and the Intersections of Borderwork, Boundary Work and Emotion Work amongst Romanians Living in the UK. Migration Letters, 17 (4). pp. 551-558. ISSN 1741-8984

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v17i4.839

Abstract

This article explores the intersections of borderwork and boundary work in everyday encounters in the UK. It focuses on the experiences of Romanian nationals, who between 2007 and 2014 were subject to transitional controls, which are understood as a form of everyday re-bordering of the de-bordered space of the EU that denied equal access to the labour market and state support. These controls were accompanied by a range of bordering discourses in the media and political circles that firmly situated Romanians outside of the UK’s contemporary political project of belonging. This article argues that in order to understand borderwork in everyday life, we need to explore how it relates to boundary work, i.e. the differential positionalities of Romanians within social hierarchies, as well as their experiences of and engagement with emotion work. The data analysed comes from participant observation with Romanian communities in London and the North East of England in the period from 2009 to 2014.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bordering, boundaries, emotion work, European migration, transitional controls
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2020 13:21
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2020 10:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43797

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