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Sustaining livelihoods in multi-local settings: possible theoretical linkages between transnational migration and livelihood studies


Thieme, S (2008). Sustaining livelihoods in multi-local settings: possible theoretical linkages between transnational migration and livelihood studies. Mobilities, 3(1):51-71.

Abstract

Worldwide, an increasing number of people are diversifying their income sources through migration. This mobility in most cases involves only parts of the family migrating, and this results in people’s livelihoods taking on a multi-local dimension. Scholars have been studying this increasing mobility and multi-locality by applying either a livelihoods approach or one of transnational migration, but they rarely combine the two. However, one major criticism of both approaches is that they do not make the link to other existing social theory and do not therefore permit any fundamental analysis of the relationship between the subject and society, the power relations within a society and the changes human mobility effects to power relations. To address this criticism, I shall discuss existing innovative research and propose Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice as a means to fill this theoretical gap.

Worldwide, an increasing number of people are diversifying their income sources through migration. This mobility in most cases involves only parts of the family migrating, and this results in people’s livelihoods taking on a multi-local dimension. Scholars have been studying this increasing mobility and multi-locality by applying either a livelihoods approach or one of transnational migration, but they rarely combine the two. However, one major criticism of both approaches is that they do not make the link to other existing social theory and do not therefore permit any fundamental analysis of the relationship between the subject and society, the power relations within a society and the changes human mobility effects to power relations. To address this criticism, I shall discuss existing innovative research and propose Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice as a means to fill this theoretical gap.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:March 2008
Deposited On:08 Sep 2008 08:44
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:24
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1745-0101
Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in Mobilities 2008, 3(1):51-71. Mobilities is available online at http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a789965443~db=all~order=page.
Publisher DOI:10.1080/17450100701797315
Related URLs:http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a789965443~db=all~order=page
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2808

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