East to West Migration: Russian Migrants in Western Europe

East to West Migration: Russian Migrants in Western Europe

by Helen Kopnina
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754641708

ISBN-13: 9780754641704

Pub. Date: 11/01/2005

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

"This book focuses on Russians who migrated to Western Europe following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Helen Kopnina explores the concept of 'community' through an examination of different aspects of the lives of Russian migrants in two major European cities, London and Amsterdam. In both cases what Kopnina finds is an 'invisible community', not adequately…  See more details below

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"This book focuses on Russians who migrated to Western Europe following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Helen Kopnina explores the concept of 'community' through an examination of different aspects of the lives of Russian migrants in two major European cities, London and Amsterdam. In both cases what Kopnina finds is an 'invisible community', not adequately definable in terms of the existing literature on community. She argues that Russian migrants are highly diverse, both socially and in terms of their views and adaptation strategies, as well as divided by mutual antagonisms, prompting many of them to reject the idea of belonging to a community at all." Based on extensive interviews, this is a fascinating ethnographic account of the 'new migration'. Kopnina's work challenges many of the presuppositions both of traditional migration studies and of post-modern theories. She argues that the challenge of studying new migrant groups in Western Europe is related to the process of European identity formation more generally.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754641704
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Series:
Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Migration16
2London and Amsterdam : the tale of two cities39
3Community77
4Subcommunities and subcultures99
5Social networks and informal economic activity129
6Cultural discourses158
7Ethnicity and identity187
AppRussian institutions in London and Amsterdam

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