Immigrant Social Capital and the Hybridization of the Nation State: The Case of Poland

By Elżbieta Budakowska.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Since the contemporary global migrations are constantly increasing, the future of the nation
states is very much related to the trends and patterns of those movements and population changes
resulting from them. One of the most important consequence is the phenomena of people’s replacement
at the world, regional or local labor markets. It leads to rise of new differences and growing hybridization,
both in receiving and sending countries. In case of Poland, in about 97 % homogeneous
nation state, recent social-political transformation has caused greater openness and the change of the
country status, from the traditionally emigrant into the emigrant-immigrant one. Since 1990 new immigrant
communities are systematically being established and are influencing different aspects of the host
society. Simultaneously, own selected emigration that causes social repercussions,
too. In some fields we are witnessing the phenomena of people’s replacement. Newcomers
are from the neighboring countries as well as from Asia, Africa and other parts of the world. This paper
focuses on some theoretical issues connected immigrant social capital and hybridization as
well as empirical observation of intercultural relations between Vietnamese new immigrant community
and Poland.

Keywords: Nation State, Poland, Immigrant Social Capital, Hybridization

Global Studies Journal, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.37-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 629.105KB).

Prof. Elżbieta Budakowska

Academic, IPSiR, Department of Sociology of Social Changes, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Sociologist, graduated from the University of Warsaw, Poland, interested in nowadays global social changes, history of social thought, new social movements, migration , cultural identity and ethnicity, hybridization. Author of numerous articles related to these issues, partly theoretical and partly based on own field researches in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Brazil. Recent book “In Search of Ethnicity. The BRASPOL Movement - a Contemporary Interpretation” is a result of sociological field research of Polish postimmigrant generations in Brazil. Co-partner in the international research groups currying out the research on crime prevention with the support of the European Commission (Hippocrates, Agis I, Agis II). Member, among others, of: International Sociological Ass., International Society for Iberian-Slavonic Studies-CompraRes, Central and East European International Studies Association – CEEISA.

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