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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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Viorela Ducu has a strong research interest in alternative family types, such as ethnically/nationally mixed and transnational families. Her publications include: Romanian Migrant Women’s Response to their Discrimination, in Migration, Familie und soziale Lage: Beiträge zu Bildung, Gender und Care, Eds. Thomas Geisen, Tobias Studer, Erol Yildiz, 2013 Springer VS and Strategies of Transnational Motherhood: the Case of Romanian Women, 2013, Argonaut, Cluj Napoca and Displaying Ethnically Mixed Families in Transylvania, in Supplement to the Transylvanian Review, 2016. At present, she is a post-doctoral researcher in the project “Intergenerational solidarity in the context of work migration abroad. The situation of elderly left at home” and principal investigator of the project Confronting difference through the practices of transnational families at the Centre for Population Studies, at the Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca.

Áron Telegdi-Csetri, PhD in Political Philosophy, has dealt with Kant’s political philosophy in his thesis, reaching out towards contemporary cosmopolitanism in his post-doctoral projects. He has interests in models of cosmopolitanism and transnationalism, with an emphasis on cosmopolitan education and socialization. His publications include: Kant’s Cosmopolitics, Contemporary Issues and Global Debates (co-editor with Garrett W. Brown), Edinburgh University Press; Kant’s Cosmopolitanism. The Political Radicalization of the Kantian Idea of Philosophy in a Cosmopolitan Sense (author), Zeta Books, București; Problematizing Cosmopolitanism (editor), Argonaut, Cluj Napoca. At present, he is Voluntary Researcher in the project Confronting difference through the practices of transnational families at the Center for Population Studies at the Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca.

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