Transnational Families: Ethnicities, Identities and Social Capital

Overview

Contemporary Western society is changing and, controversially, migration is often flagged as one of the reasons. The nature of population change challenges 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 ethinicies, identities and family forms across a number of ethnic groups, ...

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Overview

Contemporary Western society is changing and, controversially, migration is often flagged as one of the reasons. The nature of population change challenges 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 ethinicies, 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 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 policymakers/implementers, and non-governmental organizations within a transnational world. It will be of interest to students and scholars of migration, transnationalism, families and globalization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415468909
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/16/2009
  • Series: Relationships and Resources Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Preface vii

Part I Some general questions 1

1 Theorizing transnational families 3

2 Social capital joins the trinity: families, ethnicities, communities 16

3 Methodological issues and challenges 36

4 The politics of migration 49

Part II Living and coping across boundaries 63

5 Migrants, offspring and settlement 65

6 Families, needs and caring practices 81

7 Continuity and invention of identities within families and communities 99

8 Problems of belonging and 'return' 120

9 Alienation and escape from the family and community 136

10 Crossing boundaries: problems and opportunities in 'mixed' families 155

11 Conclusion: transnational families, policy and research challenges 177

Bibliography 182

Index 198

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