Pleading for a sociology of human mobility

Journal title MONDI MIGRANTI
Author/s Ettore Recchi
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/3
Language Italian Pages 21 P. 9-29 File size 380 KB
DOI 10.3280/MM2023-003001
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Migration studies focus on two distinct objects: on the one hand, the geograph-ic mobility of people; on the other, their incorporation in the receiving socie-ties. The latter is the prevailing focus, in academic and public debates as well as in empirical research of the last decades. My attention rather revolves around the first one, developing a sociology of human mobility. Analytically, the study of human mobility can take two different albeit converging perspec-tives – one centered on social actors, the other on regulation systems. In this article, I summarize research that I have carried out on the global regulation of transnational mobility, and particularly on visas and land borders. These find-ings offer new evidence on the North-South divisions of the planet, also re-vealing nuances in the distribution of the chances of transnational mobility and free movement across the world.

Keywords: human mobility; migration studies; sociological theory.

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Ettore Recchi, Per una sociologia della mobilità umana in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 3/2023, pp 9-29, DOI: 10.3280/MM2023-003001