CfP Sociologie Românească Special Issue: "Romanian workers, home and abroad: inequalities, social rights and labor struggles"
Call for papers Sociologie Românească Special Issue
Title: “Romanian workers, home and abroad: inequalities, social rights and labor struggles”
Planned Date of Publication: First half of 2023
Keywords: fair mobility; freedom of movement; inequalities; labor relations; migration infrastructure; care work
Cătălin Buzoianu, Institute for East European Studies, Free University of Berlin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Sperneac-Wolfer, Institute for Social Research, Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, email@example.com
Sebastian Țoc, National University of Political Science and Public Administration, and Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian Academy, sebastian.toc.@politice.ro
Since 1989 Romania has experienced one of the largest emigration processes worldwide, with an estimated 3 million citizens leaving the country (Anghel et al. 2017, 35). The Enlargement process of the European Union with its freedom of movement has gradually expanded the possibilities of finding work abroad in Europe for Romanians. However, many recent studies have shown the challenges faced by Romanian workers abroad: insecure and exploitative work relations (Hopfgartner et al. 2022; Cosma et al. 2020), difficult access to healthcare and social protection (Ratzmann 2022; Scheibelhofer 2022a; Blauberger and Schmidt 2014), institutionalized racism and racializing media discourses (Fox et al. 2012), criminalization and deportation practices (Vrăbiescu 2019) etc. Theoretically, scholars have focused on the regime of social rights for mobile EU citizens in destination countries (Scheibelhofer 2022b; Schmidt et al. 2018; Bruzelius et al. 2017), the transnational migration infrastructure enabling mobility (Voivozeanu 2021) as well as the role of knowledge asymmetries in administrative procedures for social entitlements (Ratzmann and Heindlmaier 2022).