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Mobile Europe

The Theory and Practice of Free Movement in the EU


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction Between Individualization and Globalization: The Long-Term Premises to Free Movement

  3. Theorizing Free Movement: History, Policies, Demographics

  4. Practising Free Movement: Sociological Perspectives

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 155-208

About this book


With a particular focus on their integration paths, political participation and identifications, this book draws on large cross-national surveys of this specific population carried out between 2004 and 2012, as well as in-depth interviews and aggregate statistical data from a plethora of sources.


Free movement mobility EU integration cross-border practices transnationalism migration European identity integration globalization denationalization cosmopolitanism demography desegregation European Union (EU) identity Integration Nation nationalism participation political participation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Sciences PoParisFrance

About the authors

Ettore Recchi is Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po, France, and a member of the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement. He has taught at the University of Chieti-Pescara, the University of Florence, the European University Institute and the University of Michigan. His main research interests are mobilities (in their different forms), social stratification, elites and European integration. From 2002, he has served as coordinator of three large-scale international research projects on mobility in Europe (titled Pioneur, Moveact and Eucross) funded by the European Commission.

Bibliographic information


“Recchi (Sciences Po, Paris) presents rigorous empirical research on the movement of Europeans across borders and the resulting integration trends of the 20-plus-year European Union (EU) project. … this is a timely contribution to the scholarship and policy of EU population mobility. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (A. H. Fabos, Choice, Vol. 53 (5), January, 2016)

“The book is an important addition to the fields of EU studies and migration studies. It examines concepts of mobility and European citizenship in new ways with more cases. It will be useful for researchers interested in the political and sociological impact of an increasingly mobile Europe.” (Michael Johns, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 54 (2), 2016)

“The new book … is aimed at both social scientists and non-technical readers interested in questions related to free movement in Europe, the related policies and experiences of European movers. The book can also provide a valuable reading to experts interested in a broader picture of a borderless Europe. In addition to an interesting description of policies and theories, historical developments and examples of experiences from people’s lives, the book offers original analysis that is carefully interpreted and put into perspective.” (Mariola Pytliková, European Journal of Population, Vol. 32, 2016)