Social Remittances and Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe: Embedding Migration in the Study of Society

Anne White , Izabela Grabowska


Our article considers social remittances and social change in Central and Eastern Europe. We show how migration scholarship can be embedded into the wider study of social processes and relations. ‘Social remitting’ sometimes seems to be little more than a slippery catchphrase; however, this article defends the concept. If it is defined carefully and used cautiously, it should help the researcher to think about what, in addition to money, is sent from one society to another and exactly how, thus shedding light on important and insufficiently studied aspects of migration. A close-up view of the processes by which ideas, practices, norms, values and, according to some definitions, social capital and social skills are transferred by migrants across international borders helps researchers to understand more pre-cisely how migration contributes to social change or, in some cases, prevents it from occurring. Our article reviews some of the most interesting arguments and findings presented recently by other scholars and discusses aspects of social remitting which particularly interested us in our own research. The context of our research is social change in Poland: we attempt to understand how migration has con-tributed to wider patterns of social change since 1989 and exactly how it intertwines with other social trends and globalisation influences. This entails a careful focus on both structural conditions and agency and therefore on social remittances.
Author Anne White
Anne White,,
, Izabela Grabowska (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych w Warszawie)
Izabela Grabowska,,
- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych w Warszawie
Journal seriesCentral and Eastern European Migration Review, ISSN 2300-1682, (N/A 20 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.85
Languageen angielski
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