Unequal life-chances became a key feature of cross-border migration to, and within, the enlarged Europe. Combining transnational, intersectional and cultural-sociological perspectives, this book develops a conceptual tool to analyse patterns, contexts and mechanisms of these cross-border inequalities.

This book synthesizes the theories of social boundaries and of intersectionality, approaching cross-border relations as socially generated and as an inherent element of contemporary social inequalities. It analyses the mechanisms of cross-border inequalities as ‘regimes of intersection’ relating spatialized cross-border inequalities to other types of unequal social relations (in terms of gender, ethnicity/race, class etc.). The conceptual arguments are supported by empirical research on cross-border migration in Europe: migration of scientists and care workers between Ukraine and Germany.

This book integrates the analysis of space – including cross-border categories of global and transnational – into intersectionally-informed studies of social inequalities. Broadly, it will appeal to scholars and students in the areas of sociology, political sciences, social anthropology and social geography. In particular, it will interest researchers concerned with transnational and global social inequalities, the interplay of the categories ‘gender’, ‘ethnicity’ and ‘class’ on the one hand and global and transnational relations on the other, theories of space and society, and migration and mobility in Europe.

chapter 1|15 pages

Transnational Capitalist Class, Transnational Elites and Global Precariat?

Facing Cross-Border Inequalities

part 1|87 pages

From the Hegemony of the National to the Hegemony of an (In)equality Discourse

chapter 2|20 pages

Predicaments of Migration Studies on Social Inequalities

The Current State of the Research on the National, Global and Transnational Scales 1

chapter 3|21 pages

Multiple Inequalities as Sociocultural Boundaries

Combining Intersectional Theory with the Sociology of Social Boundaries

chapter 4|22 pages

Where to Locate Sociocultural Boundaries

Social Inequalities and Their Contexts

chapter 5|22 pages

From Categorical Distinctions to Sociocultural Boundaries

On the Hegemonic (In)Equality Project and Regimes of Intersection

part 2|72 pages

Transnationalizing Inequalities in Europe

chapter 7|21 pages

Multiple Professional Commitments of Mobile Scientists as Resources of Hierarchization

On Transnationalized Boundaries within the Assemblage of Science

chapter 8|21 pages

Female Migrant Care Workers as Prisoners of Multiple Obligations

Transnationalized Boundaries within the Assemblage of Care