Books 2018-2021

Gerd Valchers und Rainer Bauböck, Migration & Staatsbürgerschaft

This book examines the relation between migration, citizenship and voting rights from legal, historical, social science and democratic theory perspectives. Its focus is on the situation in Austria in international comparison. The authors argue that access to citizenship and acceptance of dual citizenship are not only crucially important for the integration of immigrants but also for the legitimacy of democratic institutions in Austria as an immigration country.

Rainer Bauböck und Max Haller (Eds.), Dual Citizenship and Naturalisation. Global, Comparative and Austrian Perspectives

The toleration of dual citizenship has become a global trend as states try to retain ties to their emigrants or to encourage their immigrants to naturalise. This volume examines changes in state attitudes to dual citizenship and their social impact, zooming in from analyses of global dynamics to a series of country case studies that illustrate the variety of reasons and intentions behind dual citizenship reform. Finally, five chapters provide the most thorough analysis of the special Austrian case so far. They show the size of Austria’s untapped potential for naturalisation of immigrants, the incoherence of its citizenship policies at home and abroad and the need for a comprehensive reform.

Wiebke Sievers, Rainer Bauböck, Christoph Reinprecht, Flucht und Asyl - internationale und österreichische Perspektiven

Flight and asylum have long dominated public debates in Europe. Right-wing populist parties have gained significance in many countries. An agreement that will allow the European Union to assume its responsibility towards worldwide refugee movements seems out of reach. The present volume contributes to the differentiation of these debates. On the one hand, it reconsiders flight and asylum from international and historical perspectives as well as from the point of view of those affected by these developments. On the other hand, it presents empirical results on the political and civil response to the refugees besides their integration into the labour market and the opportunities and limits of their social and cultural participation.

Wolfgang Aschauer, Martina Beham-Rabanser, Otto Bodi-Fernandez, Max Haller, Johanna Muckenhuber (Hrsg.), Die Lebenssituation von Migrantinnen und Migranten in Österreich. Ergebnisse einer Umfrage unter Zugewanderten. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien, 2019

Immigration has been one of the core processes of social change in Austria during recent decades. Persons with an immigration background usually are somewhat underrepresented in social surveys. This volume presents the results of an additional survey conducted in the context of the Austrian social survey of 2016. It compares central values, attitudes, and practices of immigrants with those of the long-settled population, discussing areas such as family, work, politics, and religion. The publication sheds new light on the matter of the integration of immigrants in Austria.

Max Haller, Migration und Integration: Fakten oder Mythen? Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2019
In cooperation with Katharine Apostle

Migration and integration are two globally contended themes, partially because migrant movement typically is associated with processes resulting in enormous changes in social structure. These in turn are not conflict-free in terms of the distribution of resources.

This publication addresses the most important keywords and hypotheses associated with public debates on migration, and engages in a factual discussion based on scientific findings. It answers to empirical findings and not to any ideology.

Rainer Bauböck (ed.), Debating European Citizenship. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2019

An open access volume with 46 chapters on questions of citizenship, democracy, and mobility within the European context.


Wiebke Sievers and Sandra Vlasta (eds.): Immigrant and ethnic-minority writers since 1945: fourteen national contexts in Europe and beyond. Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2018.

This study analyses how immigrant and ethnic-minority writers have challenged the understanding of certain national literatures and have markedly changed these. In other national contexts, ideologies and institutions have contained the challenge these writers pose to national literatures. Case studies of the emergence and recognition of immigrant and ethnic-minority writing come from fourteen national contexts. These include classical immigration countries, such as Canada and the United States, countries where immigration became an issue after World War II, such as the United Kingdom, France and Germany, as well as countries rarely discussed in this context, such as Brazil and Japan. Finally, this study uses these individual analyses to discuss this writing as an international phenomenon. 

Carvill Schellenbacher, Jennifer; Dahlvik, Julia; Fassmann, Heinz; Reinprecht, Christoph (Ed.) Migration und Integration – wissenschaftliche Perspektiven aus Österreich, Jahrbuch 3/2018, Vienna University Press

As a classically interdisciplinary topic, migration and integration is investigated in a range of disciplines. The Yearbook of Migration and Integration Research aims to encourage interdisciplinary exchange by regularly publishing and documenting the main questions and results of Austrian migration and integration research.

The entries in this fourth volume address a broad range of topics, from asylum, health and care, families and language as well as integration and identity. In doing so, new theoretical and methodological approaches are described and the question of how research results can be integrated into practice is discussed.

Sample chapter (German)

Rainer Bauböck, Debating Transformations of National Citizenship. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2018

An open access volume with 62 contributions on the transformation of citizenship through economic, social and political change, structured as a series of four conversations in which authors engage with each other on urgent issues of current debate.

Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, Transatlantic Networks and the Perception and Representation of Vienna and Austria between the 1920s and 1950s, Wien: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2018

US American journalists, authors and physicians spending time in Austria during the 1920s and 1930s established extended networks of friendship with Austrians. Despite the collapse of the monarchy and despite recurring political crises, these American visitors continued to perceive Vienna according to stereotype notions established during the 19th century. Austria was thus portrayed accordingly in many different literary documents from that later period. When a number of Austrians had to flee the country after the catastrophe of the Anschluss, their previously established friendships with American colleagues played an important role in their lives in exile. This publication describes the importance of these transatlantic connections, which continued to exert an influence well into the 1980s.