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The Transnational Family
New European Frontiers and Global Networks

ISBN 9781859736814
Published July 1, 2003 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

Migrant networks, in the form of families, associational ties and social organizations, stretch across the globe, connecting cultures and bridging national boundaries. The effects of this global networking are vast. This book is the first to stand back and explore the impact. Families living outside of their original national boundaries have had, and continue to have, a profound influence over the flow of people, goods, money and information. More in-depth perspectives reveal how immigrants face troubling issues of cultural identity, economic change, political uncertainty and social welfare. From an examination of nineteenth-century transnational families emigrating from Europe, to the Ghanaian Pentecostal diaspora in Europe today, this book combines broadly based analysis with more unusual case studies to reveal the complexities that immigrants and refugees must contend with in their daily lives. What are the experiences of migrant Turkish women living in Germany? In what ways has religion been hybridized amongst West African Muslim migrants in Paris? What are the gender relations and transnational ties amongst Bosnian refugees? Never has such a topic been more relevant. Problems relating to immigrants' and refugees' situations in their adopted countries continue to grow. This book, wide-ranging in its geographical and thematic scope, is a highly important and timely addition to debates on transnational families, immigrants and refugees.

Table of Contents

Contributors, Acknowledgements, Part I: Introduction, 1. Transnational Families in the Twenty-first Century, 2. Europe's Transnational Families and Migration: Past and Present, Part II: Families Straddling National Boundaries and Cultures, 3. Transnational Families: Imagined and Real Communities, 4. Loss of Status or New Opportunities? Gender Relations and Transnational Ties among Bosnian Refugees, 5. Deceitful Origins and Tenacious Roots: Moroccan Immigration and New Trends in Dutch Literature, Part III: Life-Cycle Uncertainties, 6. Reconceptualizing Motherhood: Experiences of Migrant Women from Turkey Living in Germany, 7. Righteous or Rebellious? Social Trajectory of Sahelian Youth in France, 8. Breaking the Generational Contract? Japanese Migration and Old-age Care in Britain, Part IV: Transnational Family Consolidation through Religion, 9. Religion, Reciprocity and Restructuring Family Responsibility in the Ghanaian Pentecostal Diaspora, 10. Religion, Migration and Wealth Creation in the Swaminarayan Movement, Part V: Economic and Political Networking, 11. Hybridization of Religious and Political Practices amongst West African Muslim Migrants in Paris, 12. North of South: European Immigrants' Stakeholdings in Southern Development, 13. Senegal's Village Diaspora and the People Left, Epilogue, Index

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Deborah Bryceson Senior Research Fellow,African Studies Centre, Leiden Ulla Vuorela Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, University of Tampere