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We are organizing a session on “Migration, Transnationalism and Social Networks” (see description below) at the 4th European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN 2019), which will be held from September 9-12 in Zurich, Switzerland. We look forward to receiving your abstracts, which you can submit via the conference website or until April 12th.
If you have any questions regarding the session, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Miranda Lubbers, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Gabriel Hancean, University of Bucharest
José Luis Molina, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Session description: Migration, Transnationalism and Social Networks
Scholars have long recognized the networked nature of migration (e.g., Boyd, 1989), but only in recent decades has social network analysis been gradually incorporated in research into migration and transnationalism. This interdisciplinary session invites contributions from researchers who apply social network methods (qualitative, quantitative or mixed) in the study of international migration and transnationalism. Examples of questions that could be addressed are:
- What role do social networks play for migrants in the premigration, transit and post-migration phase?
- What specific roles do local and transnational ties have in migration and mobility decisions, social support provision, identity formation, or transnational behaviors?
- How can social networks help to visualize the concept of transnational social fields, or related concepts?
- How are transnational care relations configured?
- How do social networks change over the migration trajectory?
- What is the role of migration regimes in the formation and evolution of social networks?
- What are the specific challenges of social network analysis in migration research in terms of methods or ethics?
Lubbers, M. J., Verdery, A., & Molina, J. L. (in press). Social networks and transnational social fields: A review of quantitative and mixed-methods
approaches. International Migration Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/0197918318812343
Gallois, S., Lubbers, M. J., Duda, R., Hewlett, B., & Reyes, V. (in press). Social networks and knowledge acquisition strategies among Baka children, southeastern Cameroon. Human Nature, 29(4), 442–463. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12110-018-9328-0
Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L., & Valenzuela, H. (2019). When
networks speak volumes: Variation in the size of broader acquaintanceship networks. Social Networks, 59, 55-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2018.08.004
Grau Rebollo, J., Escribano Castaño, P., Valenzuela-Garcia, H., & Lubbers, M. J. (2019). Charities as symbolic families: Ethnographic evidence from Spain. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 8(1), 25-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOE-03-2018-0012