Transnational families from Sao Tome and Principe: gender and intergenerational dynamics

Leading researcher: Sónia Ramalho
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Ongoing
Keywords: Transnational families | Social capital | Sao Tome and Principe


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BD/76136/2011
Starting date: 01-04-12

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Abstract

Building on previous exploratory researches (Trovão and Ramalho 2010; Ramalho and Trovão 2010), this project explores the effects of migratory processes on the reconfiguration of gender and intergenerational dynamics among transnational families from Sao Tome and Principe. It aims at understanding how participation in inter and intra family networks contribute to the production of bridging and bonding social capitals (Portes 1998; Portes and Landolt 2000; Zontini and Reynolds 2007), and in what ways these capitals lead to the maintenance and/or transformation of situations of emotional and material vulnerability (Thieme and Siegmann 2010). Methodologically, the research approach combines a longitudinal analysis and multisited ethnography that focuses on the subject and on individual biographic and family trajectories. By unraveling emic meanings and practices of “Sao Tomean families” and identifying the role of certain groups and networks, it tries to contribute to questioning and deconstructing stereotypes that associate “African families” to processes of social segregation in migratory contexts. Simultaneously, it hopes to add to encompassing multi-scalar understandings of international mobility by privileging the articulations between domestic and public spaces at (and interconnecting) the local and transnational levels.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub180*Susana TrovãoSupervisorproj132*Transnational families from Sao Tome and Principe: gender and intergenerational dynamicsDoctoral researchOngoing
pub177*Sónia RamalhoResearch scholarproj132*Transnational families from Sao Tome and Principe: gender and intergenerational dynamicsDoctoral researchOngoing
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