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Family-Making in the Transnational Social Field (在跨国移民社会空间中的家庭构建)

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The Child-Raising Practices of Chinese Migrants in Slovenia (以中国移民在斯洛文尼亚的子女抚养为例)

Drawing upon multi-sited ethnographic research I analyze the family-making practices among migrants from south-eastern Zhejiang migrating to Slovenia. The article highlights how traditions, norms and values regarding child-raising are negotiated at both ends of the migration process. The focus is on the practice of leaving children in the care of kin or non-kin caregivers in the migrants’ place of origin and how this particular practice is embedded into the everyday experiences of Chinese migrants in Slovenia. I argue that these practices are not a simple, reciprocal exchange of aid (caregiving) and money (remittances) but have further social implications. They should rather be understood as a crucial mechanism of sustaining the migrants’ transnational field through a continuous flow of money, information, objects and people.笔者采用多点民族志的研究方法,分析了来自中国浙江省东南部的移民们在斯洛文尼亚如何进行家庭构建的实践。本论文强调了移民输出国与接收国双方的传统教育观念、规范与价值取向如何在移民化过程中被谈判,并着重揭示了中国移民们将子女寄养于国内的亲属或非亲属的现象,以及这一特殊的家庭构建实践如何交织于他们在斯洛文尼亚的日常生活。最后,笔者认为这一系列的实践不只是中国移民们与国内进行的简单的互惠性交换,它们更应该被理解为通过金钱、信息、物质、人员的持续性流通来维持移民们在跨国移民社会空间中运行的一种重要机制,具有深层的社会意义。This article is in English.

Affiliations: 1: Slovenian Migration Institute, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts


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