Beyond welfare chauvinism and deservingness. Rationales of belonging as a conceptual framework for the politics and governance of migrants’ rights
AbstractThis article argues that the politics and governance of migrants’ rights needs to be reframed. In particular, the terms “welfare chauvinism”, and deservingness should be replaced. Using a qualitative transnational case study of policymakers in Poland and the UK, we develop an alternative approach. In fine-grained and small-scale interpretive analysis, we tease out four distinct rationales of belonging that mark out the terms and practices of social membership, as well as relative positions of privilege and subordination. These rationales of belonging are: temporal-territorial, ethno-cultural, labourist, and welfareist. Importantly, these rationales are knitted together by different framings of the transnational contexts, within which the politics and governance of migration and social protection are given meaning. The rationales of belonging do not exist in isolation, but in each country, they qualify each other in ways that imply different politics and governance of migrants’ rights. Taken together, these rationales of belonging generate transnational projects of social exclusion, as well as justifications for migrant inclusion stratified by class, gender and ethnicity.
CitationCarmel, E., and Sojka, B. (2020) Beyond welfare chauvinism and deservingness: Rationales of belonging as a conceptual framework for the politics and governance of migrants’ rights. Journal of Social Policy, 50 (3), pp. 645 - 667 https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279420000379
PublisherCambridge University Press
JournalJournal of Social Policy
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Cambridge University Press in Journal of Social Policy on 24/7/2020. The published version can be accessed here: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279420000379 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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