Making Palpable Connections : Objects in Migrants’ Transnational Lives

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Making Palpable Connections : Objects in Migrants’ Transnational Lives
Author(s) Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja ; Humbracht, Michael
Date 2013
English abstract
Based on ethnographic fieldwork among migrants from different countries in Sweden in 2011, this article argues for the importance of looking at material aspects of migrants’ everyday life in transnational contexts. It delineates how objects are intertwined with memories and practical uses. They are palpable connections, carried across borders from “here” to “there” and back because they appeal to people’s acquired taste, and reconfirm social ties in space and time. The sense of continuity they contribute to, and the related sense of normalcy, can explain the non-existence of nostalgia and alienation that are part and parcel of a different analytical construction, that of migrants as displaced persons.
Publisher Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademien
Folklivsarkivet
Host/Issue Ethnologia Scandinavica;43
ISSN 0348-9698
Pages 47-67
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) migration
transnationalism
material culture
everyday life
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15800 (link to this page)

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