Pathways to citizenship: performing neoliberal subjectivity through migration

Radosław Polkowski

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In contributing to the debate about the effects of neoliberalism in post-socialist countries on East– West migration, the paper suggests that not only neoliberal policies, but also accompanying them emergent ideal of a neoliberal citizen, has influenced different aspects of these migrations. It looks at a category of Polish migrants in the UK for whom work abroad is a pursuit of inclusion in a community of value built around this ideal. In this way, the article reveals a new dimension to the role of the sending country and how its economy and ideologies shape and affect migrants’ choices and practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial boundaries and meanings of work in the 21st-century capitalism
EditorsAdam Mrozowicki, Elżbieta Kolasińska, Joanna Róg-Ilnicka
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameForum Socjologiczne
PublisherWroclaw University Press
VolumeSpecial Issue 1
ISSN (Print)2083-7763


  • neoliberalism
  • migration
  • citizenship


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