Transnational families: Theorising migration, emotions and belonging

Skrbis, Zlatko (2008) Transnational families: Theorising migration, emotions and belonging. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 29 3: 231-246. doi:10.1080/07256860802169188

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Author Skrbis, Zlatko
Title Transnational families: Theorising migration, emotions and belonging
Journal name Journal of Intercultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-9540
0725-6868
Publication date 2008-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07256860802169188
Volume 29
Issue 3
Start page 231
End page 246
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Subject 20 Language, Communication and Culture
2002 Cultural Studies
Abstract The transnational family is a symptom of our increasingly globalised lives, which take place across borders and boundaries, thereby eroding the possibilities that places of birth, life and dying will coincide. The idea of transnational family implies dynamics, flux and change, yet it is also embedded in unyielding and stable structures that impact upon the experiences of family members. These structures are represented by the institutions of the host society, the restrictions imposed by geography, international politics and law, technologies that enable communication and travel and the strength of ties with family members back home or in other places. This paper provides a backdrop for discussions on the transnational family by interrelating three key dimensions of the transnational family experience: migration, emotions and belonging. It begins by drawing on the earliest systematic account of this conceptual triad, represented by Thomas and Znaniecki's seminal study The Polish Peasant in Europe and America (1918/1974). The argument proceeds by outlining the ways in which emotions have been co-opted into existing studies of transnational family life.
Keyword Belonging
Emotions
Families
Migration
Transnationalism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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