Type
Article
Titre
Transnational mobility and rootedness: the upper middle classes in European cities
Auteur(s)
ANDREOTTI Alberta - Università degli studi di Milano Bicocca (Auteur)
LE GALÈS Patrick - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Auteur)
MORENO-FUENTES Francesco Javier - Centre national de la recherche scientifique espagnol (CISC) (Auteur)
Éditeur
GB : Blackwell Publishing
Volume
13
Numéro
1
Pages
41 - 59 p.
ISSN
14702266
DOI
10.1111/j.1471-0374.2012.00365.x
Mots clés
Mobility, Europeanization, Transnational networks, Middle classes, Rootedness
Résumé
EN
Some authors argue that ‘mobilities’ form the distinctive feature of late modern societies and represent a new social cleavage between cosmopolitan mobile élites and urban residents more rooted in their local neighbourhoods. One assumption in contemporary discourses of rootedness is that this new transnational or global society entails an ongoing process of uprooting individuals and a mainly mobile élite packing up and relocating. In this article, we draw on empirical comparative research to examine the patterns and dynamics of mobility and belonging across European borders among upper-middle-class managers in four cities – Paris, Madrid, Milan and Lyon. We suggest that these new urban upper-middle-class managers display flight responses, or ‘partial exit’ strategies, which operate at various levels to enable them to protect and control their interests while holding onto the reins of power in their local communities. Our study adopts a micro-level perspective to explore individual experiences, strategies, motivations and values based on interviews with 480 managers in these cities. [Résumé éditeur]
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