Lost in transnationalism: unraveling the conceptualisation of families and personal life through a transnational gaze

Heath, S., McGhee, D. and Trevena, P. (2011) Lost in transnationalism: unraveling the conceptualisation of families and personal life through a transnational gaze. Sociological Research Online, 16(4), p. 12. (doi:10.5153/sro.2534)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5153/sro.2534

Abstract

This paper compares and contrasts some of the conceptual language used to engage with the realm of family and personal life within the parallel fields of transnational family studies (TFS) and British family studies (BFS). Key concepts which are now widely referenced within BFS - such as 'family practices', 'family display', 'families of choice' and 'connectedness' - have not been widely drawn upon within TFS. Instead, TFS scholars are developing alternative concepts such as 'ways of being' versus 'ways of belonging' and 'frontiering and relativising', often to capture very similar ideas to those current within BFS. This paper critically explores some of the concepts currently being used within transnational family studies, highlighting points of similarity and difference with the BFS tradition, and considers what these parallel literatures might learn from each other. The paper is illustrated by examples drawn from ESRC-funded research on the experiences of post-accession Polish migrants living in the UK.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Trevena, Dr Paulina and McGhee, Dr Derek
Authors: Heath, S., McGhee, D., and Trevena, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Sociological Research Online
ISSN:1360-7804

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