Att binda samman platser och uthärda avstånd

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Title Att binda samman platser och uthärda avstånd
Author(s) Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja
Date 2007
Editor(s) Olsson, Erik; Lundqvist, Catarina; Rabo, Annika; Sawyer, Lena; Wahlbeck, Östen; Åkesson, Lisa
English abstract
This chapter sheds light on some aspects of situating identities within a transnational framework. The practice of personal travel as a means of maintaining transnational social fields is focused upon. A micro-ethnographic study is presented of a bus ride between Sweden and Croatia. The material used refers to labour migrants and their families, as well as people who came to Sweden as refugees. Their transnational practices are connected to some aspects of ethnic identification processes. The author argues for central importance of fieldwork in ethnological/anthropological understandings of transnational practices and their implications, and discusses some methodological concerns. The embodied geography of physical distances and national borders is just one element of transnational individuals’ and groups’ identification processes. Nevertheless, it is central to ethnographic accounts on the multiple and often burdensome experiences of connecting places. Such accounts are indispensable in the joint interdisciplinary effort of locating and historicizing transnationalism from below, in order to promote it as a useful scholarly concept.
Publisher Boréa
Host/Issue Transnationella rum: diaspora, migration och gränsöverskridande relationer
ISSN 978-91-89140-52-3
Pages 69-90
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) transnationalism
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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