Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster: Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration

„The Waste Land”: Transnational Moral Panics and Collective Identities

The Case of Romanian Migrants in Western Europe

Dr. Ramona Arfire


The research aims at a description of transnational moral panics as processes of othering, and their role as in shaping the cultural identity of Romanians as Europeans. The inquiry is in debt to the conceptual apparatus of cultural and postcolonial studies and of cultural criminology. Methodological cosmopolitanism is framing the of case study, content and discourse analysis and multi-sited ethnography as research methods, with the aim to unveil the ‘travelling’ crime symbols and otherness narratives in moral panics.