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Transnational biographies

Transnational Biographies
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Apitzsch, Ursula; Siouti, Irini


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Abstract "In this paper we discuss the concept of transnational biographies in migration studies. We use a biographical case study from the relatively new research field of advancement through education to explore that a transnational biography is not just a product of subjectivity but also a way of gaining access to invisible but nonetheless objective structures of transnational migration spaces. Our thesis is that the discovery and use of a transnational European educational space made it possible for second generation migrants in Germany to circumvent the exclusionary mechanisms of the German education system much more effectively than through unconditional assimilation into that system." (author's abstract)
Keywords migration; biography; transnationality; labor migration; assimilation; social integration; course of education; level of education; migrant; second generation; educational opportunity; career advancement; Federal Republic of Germany; migration research; research approach
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; Sociology of Education
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 11-23
Journal Zeitschrift für Qualitative Forschung, 15 (2014) 1-2
Issue topic Socialization, family, and gender in the context of migration
ISSN 2196-2146
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications