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Managing «Difference» in Eastern-European Transnational Families

Edited By Viorela Ducu and Áron Telegdi-Csetri

Studies in this book have been gathered on the occasion of two academic events in the field of Transnational Families, focusing on the Eastern-European space, from a – diversified – qualitative social research perspective. The volume places a special emphasis on a gendered and practice-oriented approach, exploring territories of domination and empowerment that inform the negotiation of difference. Studies follow processes of emancipation, family practices, redistribution of gendered roles, forms of abuse, social remittance, confrontation between rights and cultures, forming joint action strategies and egalitarian capital, in a process of emergence of new social actors. Studies reflect back upon the ambiguity of conceptual frameworks to be put to use while approaching this yet unexplored area.

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How Family and Emotional Ties Are Used as Coercive Instruments by the Exploiters on the Romanian Feminine Migration. The Study Case of Italy (Rafaela Hilario Pascoal / Adina Nicoleta Erica Schwartz)


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Rafaela Hilario Pascoal, Adina Nicoleta Erica Schwartz

How Family and Emotional Ties Are Used as Coercive Instruments by the Exploiters on the Romanian Feminine Migration. The Study Case of Italy

Abstract Romanian women are the second most victims of human trafficking in Italy. The present article intends to understand the 1) correlation between the phenomena: Children Left Behind and Human Trafficking; 2) The role of families in human trafficking; 3) Motherhood being used as a coercive instrument.

Carrying a study on human trafficking is a very complex and difficult task, not only due to the privacy of the victims and ethical issues, but also due to the hidden nature of the crime. Therefore, the present article has combined three qualitative techniques: a) content analysis; b) participant observation; c) interviews. The content analysis technique has provided the author with new insights into the phenomenon through (I) literature analysis, (II) press analysis and (III) study cases. The participant methodology has been developed on the last two years in Italy. Finally the third technique was applied in Italy as well as in Romania in 2016 by the first author together with several associations: Dedalus; Intercultural mediator in Sicily; Save the children and the National Agency against Human Trafficking in Romania. Due to the nature of the phenomenon all interviews are anonymous and only pseudonyms are used.

General considerations about the Romanian migration to Italy

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