A Critical Cultural Sociological Exploration of Attitudes toward Migration in Czechia: What Lies Beneath the Fear of the Thirteenth Migrant qualitatively deciphers what lies beneath the fears about the imaginary “thirteenth migrant” and explores how individuals make sense of migration in nontraditional destination countries, utilizing critical, cultural sociological methods to explore the deep meaning-making processes that inform migration attitudes.
Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky is associate professor of sociology at Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia, and Faculty Fellow at Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology.
Radka Klvaňová is assistant professor at the Department of Law and Humanities at Mendel University in Brno, Czechia.
Alica Synek Rétiová is assistant professor of sociology at Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia.
Ivana Rapoš Božič is post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia.
Jan Krotký is post-doctoral researcher in the Institute of Political Science at the University of Wroclaw, Poland.
Introduction. A Critical Cultural Sociology of Attitudes toward Migration
Chapter 1. Foreigner, Migrant, Refugee: What Lies Beneath the Labels
Chapter 2. Looking at Images of People Who Cross Borders: Visuality, Emotions, and the Civil Sphere
Chapter 3. Threat, Victim, or Enrichment: Patterns of Securitization in Migration Attitudes
Chapter 4. Migration as Invasion: The Role of Media in Shaping Migration Attitudes
Chapter 5. Going Local with Migration Attitudes: Multiplicity in Hierarchies of Otherness
Chapter 6. Moving Beyond the Fear of the “Thirteenth Migrant”
Appendix. Reflecting Upon Our Research Journey
"This is a major work, one that brings together nuanced multilevel research at the empirical level and strikingly new theorizing at the middle range. It is a landmark in the sociology of immigration."
"A fascinating, theoretically grounded, and empirically rich answer to questions about why migrants loom so large when they make up such a small percentage of the actual population. An invaluable contribution to how 'migration attitudes' form, why they are so stubbornly intractable, and how they are deeply rooted in specific socio-historical contexts."
"This excellent book brings us closer to a deeper understanding of one of our time's most pressing issues within, as well as beyond, Czech society—the formation of migration attitudes. With nuanced analysis and creative methodology, the authors take the readers into the historical and contextual roles of the landscapes of meaning that shape the boundary makings of the 'other' and the unproblematic 'we.' By utilizing visual, labeling, and media analysis through the lens of critical cultural sociology, this book also advances the cultural sociological theorization of migration studies."
"A Critical Cultural Sociological Exploration of Attitudes toward Migration in Czechia deals with a highly topical subject. Its findings are valuable, and not only in the context of Central and Eastern Europe. Although much attention is currently being paid to migration attitudes, this book, based on the lens of cultural sociology, is original in many ways. Through the study of symbolic boundaries, boundary work, and cultural repertoires, it offers deeper insights into the formation of migration attitudes, unpacks their various nuances, and situates them within a broader cultural framework."