Making sense of home and homeland : former-Soviet Greeks' motivations and strategies for a transnational migrant circuit
Popov, Anton. (2010) Making sense of home and homeland : former-Soviet Greeks' motivations and strategies for a transnational migrant circuit. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol.36 (No.1). pp. 67-85. ISSN 1369-183XFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691830903123211
Focusing on former-Soviet Greeks' experiences of cross-border movement to Greece, this paper sheds light on the impact of this migration on the social identities of Russian Greeks as a transnational community. It draws on informants’ narratives and ethnographic observations recorded among Greek migrants in their home communities in southern Russia, and shows how their motivation, in their transnational movement, is determined by the ‘push-and-pull’ forces of socio-economic and political transformations in post-Soviet space. In these conditions, Greek identity becomes a resource which facilitates the organisation of transnational migration. The cultural, social and economic differences between the former-Soviet Greek migrants and the native-born population of Greece result in the emergence of a Pontic-Greek cultural identity which emphasises migrants’ connections with the former USSR. The difficulties of economic and cultural adaptation for migrants to Greece are examined in relation to the Russian Greeks' economic strategies within their home communities and their perception of the ‘homeland’ as a constantly contested and relocated social construct.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies|
|Page Range:||pp. 67-85|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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