The spectre of Brexit: free movement and European citizenship in question

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Part of the Sociological Review Research Seminar Series A sociology of ‘Brexit’: citizenship, belonging and mobility in the context of the British referendum on EU membership
Funded by The Sociological Review Foundation
University of Southampton, 17 June 2016
Keynote speakers:
Professor Adrian Favell (University of Leeds)
Dr Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The upcoming referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union is one of great social significance, yet sociological research has not engaged with the question in any depth. This one-day seminar attempts to fill this gap by debating the observable and expected consequences of a radically changed relationship between the UK and the EU, focusing specifically on those whose lives are most directly affected by the referendum and the spectre of ‘Brexit’: EU citizens living in Britain, and British citizens living in other EU countries. Scholarly contributions to the seminar will discuss the experiences of such ‘mobile citizens’, and citizenship will be the core theoretical concept addressed in the context of the anticipation and possible outcomes of the EU referendum.


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