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Sustaining a multi-local life: possible theoretical foundations for livelihood and transnational migration studies


Thieme, Susan (2011). Sustaining a multi-local life: possible theoretical foundations for livelihood and transnational migration studies. In: Wiesmann, Urs; Hurni, Hans. Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Bern: Universität Bern, 331-341.

Abstract

An increasing number of people around the world are diversifying their sources of income through migration. In most cases only some members of the family migrate, making their livelihoods multi-local, be it within a country or across international borders. There are two major ways of approaching migration in research: from a livelihoods perspective, on the one hand, and from the perspective of transnational migration and transnational social spaces, on the other. Scholars rarely combine the two. One major criticism of both approaches is that they are not linked to other existing social theories. A theoretical foundation is necessary in order to gain a better understanding of people’s access to and use of resources, of the relationship between subjects and society, and of socio-economic dependencies, as well as to be able to extrapolate the results of case studies. The present article addresses this criticism by proposing Bourdieu’s theory of practice as a means of filling this theoretical gap.

Abstract

An increasing number of people around the world are diversifying their sources of income through migration. In most cases only some members of the family migrate, making their livelihoods multi-local, be it within a country or across international borders. There are two major ways of approaching migration in research: from a livelihoods perspective, on the one hand, and from the perspective of transnational migration and transnational social spaces, on the other. Scholars rarely combine the two. One major criticism of both approaches is that they are not linked to other existing social theories. A theoretical foundation is necessary in order to gain a better understanding of people’s access to and use of resources, of the relationship between subjects and society, and of socio-economic dependencies, as well as to be able to extrapolate the results of case studies. The present article addresses this criticism by proposing Bourdieu’s theory of practice as a means of filling this theoretical gap.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:30 Apr 2012 15:56
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:46
Publisher:Universität Bern
Series Name:Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South
Number:6
ISBN:978-3-905835-31-1
Additional Information:Ist gleichzeitig in der Reihe Geographica Bernensia erschienen
Official URL:http://www.nccr-north-south.unibe.ch/publications/Infosystem/On-line%20Dokumente/Upload/16_Thieme.pdf

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