This session explores inequalities of (im)mobility: people move or stay put on different terms and a transnational way of life is often not a matter of free choice. We invite contributions that address generational, ethnic, gender, class and other differences related to experiences of (im)mobility.
When speaking about transnationalism and mobility, the freedom of movement is often stressed. But how free are people to move in today's putatively globalised world and integrated Europe? This session focuses on inequalities relating to mobility and transnational ways of life. Presuming that not all people move on similar terms, we ask to whom is living a transnational way of life possible or desirable in the first place and under what conditions. To what degree is migration, commuting or staying put in the home country a matter of voluntary choice and how are these choices restricted? The panel is concerned with subjective and affective dimensions of mobility: ways in which mobility is experienced and constructed and how reasons for moving or staying put are narrated by grown-up migrants as well as by children of different age, by family members staying behind and return migrants who for one reason or another have moved back to their home country. We encourage papers that discuss generational, ethnic, gender and class differences related to experiences of mobility, look at transnational networks of people staying in their country of origin or at (symbolic) elements whereby transnational ways of life are connected to certain places. The session is furthermore interested in moral dimensions of migration, exploring which kinds of mobility are valued highly or, on the contrary, stigmatised and associated with the ills of society and how notions of mobility, immobility and rootedness are used to imagine national, ethnic or other kind of communities.