Mobile citizens and the State: Cape Verdeans in Portugal

Leading researcher: Elizabeth Challinor
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Researcher contract
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Mobility | Public policies | Students | Cape Verde | Vocational education

Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: CONT_DOUT/119/CRIA/4038/10791/2/2008
Starting date: 15-12-14

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What is the relationship between mobility, citizenship and cosmopolitanism? Researching this question addresses one of the major societal challenges facing Europe which is that of how to promote inclusive societies. This requires paying particular attention to the role of public policies. The research project seeks to address this question by adopting a transnational perspective in the study of how public policies in Portugal and Cape Verde influence the thinking practices, livelihood strategies, mobility options and perceptions of citizenship of young Cape Verdean adults in Portugal. The fostering of inclusive, secure societies constitutes a legitimate concern not only for European citizens but also for migrants resident in Europe whose presence serves to challenge narrow conceptions of citizenship and cosmopolitanism. Based on the premise that cosmopolitanism is not an exclusive domain of the elite, the aim is to study Cape Verdean migrant practices, in a regimes of mobility framework (Schiller and Salazar 2012), in the light of the literature on marginal and subaltern cosmopolitanisms (Werbner 2006, Gidwani 2006). By tracing the trajectories of Cape Verdeans who remained in Portugal after completing or abandoning their studies in vocational training colleges, this project will enquire into how they navigate between legality and illegality, work and social welfare, inclusion and exclusion. The aim is to examine whether public policies and the categories they create are able to respond to the in-between statuses of mobile individuals. Attention will be paid to gender and social class. The social interfaces between state institutions and Cape Verdean migrants as well as the role that kinship relations play in decision making-processes will also be examined. The research objectives have been formulated in accordance with the scientific aims of the host institution’s research group “Governance, Policies and Livelihoods”.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub50*Elizabeth ChallinorResearcherproj197*Mobile citizens and the State: Cape Verdeans in PortugalResearcher contractConcluded
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