Adrian Favell, PhD
Professor of Sociology and Social Theory, Director of the Bauman Institute
Born in 1968 in Wellingborough, United Kingdom
Studied Comparative Literature and Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute
Towards a New Political Demography: Rethinking Immigration, Integration, and CitizenshipThe 1990s and early 2000s offered many examples - not least in a European context - of optimistic post-national forms of governance: a world in which national societies would, as a result of regional and global interdependence, start to dismantle the fundamental inequalities between citizens in different countries, rooted in the stratified value of national citizenship. Since the global economic crisis of 2008/9, however, there has been an overwhelming return to realist and critical views of the "neo-liberal" mobilities, transnationalism, and cosmopolitanism of the earlier era. These have stressed the resurgence of sovereignty, borders, popular democracy, and (among conservatives and liberals) the maintenance of national societal integration as the only viable political response to inequality within and between populations. The COVID pandemic, meanwhile, has emphasised that the era of "free movement" and deregulation of the state may be over, as nation-states have reasserted fundamental "governmental" powers over populations in the name of public health. Building on a short textbook, "The Integration Nation: Immigration and Colonial Power in Liberal Democracies", that will be published by Polity Press in early 2022, my project aims to fully develop a foundational-style treatise in political demography. This will rethink the case for post-national political theory in the light of these trends, as well as the damaging decolonial and anti-capitalist critiques of the European regional project that have attended the growing crisis in advanced liberal democratic societies. Rejecting linear views of immigration and citizenship, as well as the methodological nationalism of theories of immigrant integration, I will develop a framework considering ongoing examples of transformative transnational migration/mobilities in Europe and other regions, in terms of the rights and claims of non-nationals, aliens, and minority or subaltern populations around the world.
Favell, Adrian. Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain. London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.
-. Eurostars and Eurocities: Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.
Recchi, Ettore, Adrian Favell, Fulya Apaidin, Roxana Barbulescu, Michael Braun, Irina Ciornei, Niall Cunningham, et al. Everyday Europe: Social Trans-nationalism in an Unsettled Continent. Bristol: Policy Press, 2019.