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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title Reciprocity materialised: ethnicity and class as empirical questions
Author(s) Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja
Date 2008
English abstract
Within the vast field of multidisciplinary research on international migration the importance of ethnography is unsurpassed in its ability to reach and represent the individual level of experience and everyday dynamics of sense-making. Ethnographic research into the interplay of sociality and materiality - experiences and memories embodied in and represented by objects - can also provide a solid foundation for critically interrogating ideas about migrants' being and belonging as primarily defined by their ethnic and class background. Ethnographic insights into material expressions of reciprocity, i.e. of migrants' involvement in personal relations and social networks achieved or proved through objects, can open up new avenues of understanding and create new conceptual lenses in studies of migration. This paper links the different contributions to this workshop together by discussing the theoretical benefits of investigating material expressions and practices of connection and belonging in the places where migrants live their everyday lives, in the places they keep returning to and on the journeys between them.
Publisher European Association of Social Anthropologists
Host/Issue Experiencing Diversity and Mutuality, Book of Abstracts, 10th Biennial EASA Conference, Ljubljana 26 to 29 August, 2008
ISBN 978-961-237-247-7
Pages 497
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) ethnicity
class
migration
ethnography
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note This abstract is available at http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa08/panels.php5?PanelID=36110th Biennial EASA Conference, Ljubljana 26 to 29 August, 2008
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/7533 (link to this page)

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