Magdalena Nowicka is professor of migration and transnationalism at the Humboldt-University to Berlin and Head of Department Integration at DeZIM-Institute (German Center for Integration and Migration Research). She is Guest Professor in Memory of Willy Brandt at MIM, Malmö University, during spring 2020.


In my talk I want to share with the participants the preliminary ideas for a book which is work in progress. I am interested in how to conceptualise social class and culture in a transnational space. Two approaches to studying of culture and social class are established in sociology: the first one, a rather conventional treatment, considers culture as instrument of status distinction; the second one asks how culture connects the individual-level processes to macro-level structures of social inequality. While both offer a useful analytical vocabulary to understand reproduction of social class structure, both tend to treat culture as something universal. The conventional social inequality research, on the other hand, considers social class in nation-state/welfare-state contexts. I want to address this mis-match of framing of culture and social class. Taking a transnational lens, I argue for a more dynamic model of reproduction of social class as a trans-cultural praxis. I illustrate my argument with examples from a longitudinal qualitative study with Polish migrants in the UK and Germany.

The seminar will be held in English.

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