1st Edition

Transnational Families Ethnicities, Identities and Social Capital

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Contemporary Western society is changing and, controversially, migration is often flagged up as one of the reasons why. The nature of population change challenges the conventional understandings of family forms and networks whilst multiculturalism poses challenges to our understanding of social change, families and social capital.

    This innovative book provides an overview of the emergence of new understandings of ethnicities, identities and family forms across a number of ethnic groups, family types, and national boundaries. Based on new empirical data from fairly distinct sets of transnational family networks in minority communities with a substantial presence in the United Kingdom – principally, Caribbean and Italian, but also drawing on others such as Indian – it examines their lived experiences and uses the concept of social capital to explore how these families manage to maintain close and meaningful links.

    Transnational Families discusses, explains and illustrates the substantial problems and issues confronted by communities and families, academics and policy-makers/implementers, and non-governmental organisations within a transnational world. It will be of interest to students and scholars of migration, transnationalism, families and globalisation.

    1.Theorising Transnational Families 2.Social Capital Joins the Trinity: Families, Ethnicities, Communities 3.Methodological Issues and Challenges 4.Migration, Transnational Families and Communities 5.Migrants, Offspring, and Settlement 6.Families, Needs and Caring Practices 7.Continuity and Invention Of Identities Within Families and Communities 8.Problems of Belonging and ‘Return’ 9.Alienation and Escape from the Family and Community 10.Crossing Boundaries: Problems and Opportunities in ‘Mixed’ Families 11.Conclusion: Transnational Families, Policy, and Research Challenges


    Harry Goulbourne is Professor of Sociology at London South Bank University, UK. Tracey Reynolds is Senior Research Fellow in the Families & Social Capital Research Group at London South Bank University, UK. John Solomos is Professor of Sociology at City University, UK. Elisabetta Zontini is Lecturer in Sociology at Nottingham University, UK.

    "Transnational Families offers the reader a rich insight into the lives of Caribbean and Italian migrants, their families and offspring, the challenges they encounter, their negotiations of belonging and return. The book will be of interest to all scholars and students studying transnational migration matters and it serves as a good example of transnational and multi-sited qualitative research and its challenges."— Lena Näre, Nordic Journal of Migration Research