Macanese transnational families: appropriation and negotiation of “diaspora”

Leading researcher: Cristina Moreno
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Ongoing
Keywords: Diaspora | Migration | Networks | Macanese | Families

Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BD/75981/2011
Starting date: 01-03-12

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The need to deepen the phenomena of diasporization of migration processes through empirical studies at different scales and levels, gives particular analytical relevance to transnational family networks (Vertovec 1999, Bryceson and Vuorela 2002, Zontini 2010). Given the centrality of the family structure in Macanese identity dynamics and in the organization of migratory processes (Pina Cabral 1993, 2000, Dias 2007), we intend to approach the transnational dynamics of the Macanese in an emic and bottom up perspective, looking at the structure and the family networks as the preferred unit of analysis, and valuing the daily practices of the individuals that are the dynamic agents of the construction of networks and of transnational ways of life. We will explore the ethnography of Macanese families, selected upon the criteria of family migratory history and geographical location of their members. Given the strong presence of Macanese on the Internet, we intend to develop a methodology appropriate to the registration and analysis of data and content of websites.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub180*Susana TrovãoSupervisorproj106*Macanese transnational families: appropriation and negotiation of "diaspora"Doctoral researchOngoing
pub254*Cristina MorenoResearch scholarproj106*Macanese transnational families: appropriation and negotiation of "diaspora"Doctoral researchOngoing
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