Accepted paper:

Ethnographies of Migration: Forms of Identity Construction.

Author:

Alina Ioana Branda (Babes-Bolyai University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper is the result of a research on migration, conducted in two Transylvanian villages, Nimaiesti and Fizis. In the last years, a big part of these villages population experienced migration to Spain.

Paper long abstract:

This paper is the result of a research on migration, conducted in two Transylvanian villages, Nimaiesti and Fizis. In the last years, a big part of these villages population experienced migration to Spain. We intend to pay attention to subjective perspectives on migration, to the ways in which individuals have personal experiences of migration and then, they can identify themselves as members of a certain group of migrants, according to precise feelings and motivations of belonging. Then, we aim to investigate, using specific qualitative methodologies to which extent and how, in more practical cultural terms, these migrants feel they still belong to the community left home ( there are certain derived topics of investigation here- kinship, participation to certain rituals, religious life etc).We aim to integrate the research topic of migration into a larger one, of the forms of identity construction, the main investigation question being: Is circular migration of a big part of the village population a coagulation factor for these communities or not? There are also many other questions derived from the main one, formulated in the paper. We collect and analyze narratives of migration, recorded when migrants are in their place of origin (their native villages), meanwhile encountering them in their new habitats (places of migration), considering these two sites as essential for the whole migratory process.

panel MMM17
Migration, culture and identity construction