Diversity and similarity beyond ethnicity: migrants’ material practices

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Title Diversity and similarity beyond ethnicity: migrants’ material practices
Author(s) Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja
Date 2010
English abstract
Ethnicity paradigm in migration research - looking at migrants as ‘members’ of ethnic communities and ‘bearers’ of ethnic identities – hinders the understanding of diversity and similarity beyond ethnicity. This article promotes ethnographic research that treats the importance of ethnicity as an empirical question, while focusing on migrants’ material practices. It proposes a shift of interest from material representations of social relations to the very materiality of objects in transnational contexts of migration, and to what people actually do in order to maintain vital connections that constitute transnational social fields. Those connections are often dependent on objects that migrants bring along, send, receive, and use.
Link http://www.sens-public.org/spip.php?article780 (external link to publication)
Host/Issue Sens Public : Revue Internationale – International Web Journal;101004
ISSN 2104-3272
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) migration
transnational social fields
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note Cultural diversity, Multilingualism and Ethnic minorities in Sweden * Kulturell mångfald, Flerspråkighet och Etniska minoriteter i Sverige * Diversité culturelle, Multilinguisme et Minorités ethniques en Suède, Franska institutet, International conference 2-3 September 2009 - Stockholm
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/10789 (link to this page)

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