Home visits: Transnationalism among Australian migrants

O'Flaherty, Martin, Skrbis, Zlatko and Tranter, Bruce (2007) Home visits: Transnationalism among Australian migrants. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 30 5: 817-844. doi:10.1080/01419870701491820

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Author O'Flaherty, Martin
Skrbis, Zlatko
Tranter, Bruce
Title Home visits: Transnationalism among Australian migrants
Journal name Ethnic and Racial Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-9870
Publication date 2007-09
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01419870701491820
Volume 30
Issue 5
Start page 817
End page 844
Total pages 28
Editor M. Bulmer
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 370103 Race and Ethnic Relations
750306 Ethnicity and multiculturalism
Abstract As a perspective developed primarily in anthropology, 'transnationalism' has until recently been dominated by ethnographic and textual analyses. While not problematic for any particular study, the overwhelming dominance of these methodologies has created two major theoretical shortcomings; a tendency to inflate the prevalence of transnational models of living, and the attribution of an egalitarian or emancipatory character to transnationalism, generally in the absence of systematic evidence. In this article we attempt to remedy these problems by examining the frequency and determinants of one tangible indicator of transnational activity in migrants to Australia: visits home. Our results suggest three important conclusions: 1) not all migrants visit home at all, and only about 11 per cent do so on a regular basis; 2) there are major between-group differences in migrants' capacity to visit home; and 3) the earlier concepts of assimilation and migration order are of substantial significance in understanding transnationalism.
Keyword Transnationalism
Return visits
Migration system
Q-Index Code C1

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