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Forthcoming Symposium - Rescaling immigration paths: Emerging settlement patterns beyond gateway cities

Deadline: September 30, 2013
, March 29, 2013


Sociologica will publish a symposium entitled “Rescaling immigration paths: Emerging settlement patterns beyond gateway cities.”

In some countries, including the US and other countries in Europe, there is a growing interest for recent trends of immigrant settlement, which seems to be directed toward new destinations different from the main metropolitan gateways that have been attracting new populations for decades now.

These new places of arrival are often smaller cities or towns that rank lower in the urban hierarchies in comparison to traditional gateways, but are not necessarily rural areas.

This circumstance suggests new theoretical and empirical questions regarding the roles of host economies and societies in immigrant networks and settlement patterns: Which structural processes lie behind this “territorial superdiversity?” Is it a wave of “deflection” from old gateways, or is it due to specific pull factors in the rescaling geography of economy and governance? Is there a specificity in the social, political, and economic inclusion/exclusion of migrants in new destinations?

These issues have been analyzed by an emerging, though still limited, literature, often in a quite fragmented way within different academic communities, with a lack of comprehensive views beyond local cases and specific dimensions (settlement patterns and networks, societal reception, institutional coping and political reactions, economic participation). This could hinder a thorough understanding of the mechanisms underlying new settlement processes, with an under-theorization of a wider range of factors not just connected with migration patterns.

For instance, as the title of this call suggests, interesting theoretical insights and inputs for field research and analysis can come from the study of territorial governance, state rescaling, and neoliberalization of spaces affecting the (re-)making of boundaries; from its dialectic relationship with grassroots mobilization and transnational social networks; and from the placement of migrant and transnational networks themselves within the mobilities paradigm (i.e., analyzing the importance of movements in the construction of identities, in inclusion and exclusion processes, and in its relation with fluxes of goods, capitals, and information.)

In this respect, this symposium aims at shedding more light on this issue by collecting papers that:

  • account for the structuring of the phenomenon in different national and regional contexts with attention not just to sociographic dimensions but mainly to underlying social factors;
  • compare different national and regional contexts to find evidence of general trends, divergences, and convergences; and
  • highlight potential progress in sociological theory and methodology.



Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail to both the symposium editors, at the following addresses:

Eduardo Barberis (eduardo.barberis@uniurb.it)

Emmanuele Pavolini (e.pavolini@unimc.it)

Articles should not be longer than 8,000 words (including references and spaces.) The deadline for submission is September 30, 2013.



Founded in 2007, Sociologica (ISSN 1971-8853) is a quarterly peer-reviewed on-line Italian journal of sociology, published in English. It is free access (articles can be read after a free registration.)

The journal publishes theoretical, methodological, and empirical articles providing original and rigorous contributions to the current debates regarding sociological issues, spanning different areas and approaches of sociological thought. It is not strictly a national journal but is meant to link national and international debates, and it mainly targets an international audience.

The editors (2013-2015) are Matteo Bortolini, Luigi Pellizzoni, and Marco Santoro.

In the last 5 years, preeminent international scholars have contributed to our journal, including, among others, Peter Abell, Richard Alba, Peter Bearman, Robert Bellah, Michael Burawoy, Randall Collins, Nick Crossley, Hartmut Esser, Norman Fainstein, Peter Hedström, Michèle Lamont, Emmanuel Lazega, Daniel Little, Omar Lizardo, Rianne Mahon, Neil McLaughlin, Victor Nee, Elinor Ostrom, Alessandro Pizzorno, Richard Swedberg, Alan Scott, George Steinmetz, Richard Swedberg, Alan Warde, Michel Wieviorka, Sharon Zukin.


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