General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Cities and Societies in Post-Migrant Conditions
Language English
Module lecturer dr Jacek Kubera
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Sociology
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 24-PIE-CSC


Monday, 16:45 – 18:15

First meeting: the 9th October, 2023.

Faculty of Sociology (AMU Ogrody Campus, ul. Szamarzewskiego 89, Poznań),
room 109, building D.

Module aim (aims)

• To develop the ability to describe and explain social, cultural and political processes in contemporary cities and societies.

• To understand the challenges of social cohesion policy and of managing diversity at the national and local levels.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Weeks 1-2. Post-migration as a descriptive concept, an analytical tool and a critical perspective. Contexts: interrelationships of urban and migration history, multiculturalism, interculturality and transculturality, policies (and a paradigm) of integration; concepts of mobile society, network society, liquid and hybrid identities; the concept of diaspora; post-colonial and deconstruction theories; essentialist (ethnicizing, culturalizing) reductions, and discourses on potential.

Weeks 3-4. Social and political phenomena related to post-migrant conditions in urban areas: transnationalism, conviviality, superdiversity and intersectionality.

Weeks 5-6. New social and cultural forms of exclusion.

Weeks 7-8. “Transversal city” and “right to the city”; different forms of citizenship; diversity as a permanent element of everyday urban life.

Weeks 9-10. Local practices and policies of comprehensive social inclusion; case studies from Poland, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Weeks 11-12. Researching relations between social and national identifications: theoretical assumptions and methodological guidelines; a case study of post-migrant narrations on cities and suburbia in France.

Weeks 13-14. Social memory of migration and post-migrant organizations: examples from Polish and French cities.

Week 15. Students projects and conclusions.

Reading list

Benessaieh, A. (2010). Multiculturalism, Interculturality, Transculturality. In A. Benessaieh (Ed.), Amériques transculturelles – Transcultural Americas (pp. 11–38). University of Ottawa Press.

Bromley, R. (2017). A bricolage of identifications: storying postmigrant belonging, Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 9(2), 36–44.

Glick-Schiller, N., Çağlar, A., and Guldbrandsen, T. C. (2006). Beyond the ethnic lens: Locality, globality, and born-again incorporation, American Ethnologist, 33, 612–633.

Kubera, J. (2020). Identifications of French People of Algerian Origin. Palgrave Macmillan.

Loch, D. (2014). Integration as a sociological concept and national model for immigrants: scope and limits, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 21(6), 623–632.

Matejskova, T., and Antonsich, M. (Eds.) (2015). Governing through Diversity: Migration Societies in Post-Multiculturalist Times. Palgrave Macmillan.

Neal, S., Bennett, K., Cochrane, A., and Mohan, G. (2019). Community and Conviviality? Informal Social Life in Multicultural Places, Sociology, 53(1), 69–86.

Petersen A. R., and Schramm M. (2017). (Post-)Migration in the age of globalisation: new challenges to imagination and representation, Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 9(2), 1–12.

Petersen, A. R. (2020). Transculturality, Postmigration, and the Imagining of a New Sense of Belonging, The Journal of Transcultural Studies, 11(1), 1–33.

Raulin, A. (2009). Minorités urbaines : des mutations conceptuelles en anthropologie, Revue européenne des migrations internationales, 25(3), 33–51.

Rishbeth, C., and Powell, M. (2013). Place Attachment and Memory: Landscapes of Belonging as Experienced Post-migration, Landscape Research, 38:2, 160–178.

Smolarkiewicz, E. (2010). „Przerwana” tożsamość. Odtwarzanie i tworzenie tożsamości w społecznościach postmigracyjnych. Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM.

Vertovec, S. (2007). Super-diversity and its implications, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 30, 1024–1054.

Werbner, K., and Modood T. (Eds.) (1997). Debating Cultural Hybridity: Multicultural Identities and the Politics of Anti-Racism. Zed.

West, C. (2019), Transversal city and transtopia – reflecting and analyzing migration, the city, and “the urban” after the postmigrant city, Geographica Helvetica, 74, 261–272.

Wiest, K. (2020). Preface: Postmigrant city? Urban migration societies as a starting point for a normative-critical reorientation in urban studies, Geographica Helvetica, 75, 1–10.