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Contemporary Migrations in the Humanistic Coefficient Perspective

Florian Znaniecki’s Thought in Today’s Social Science Research

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Edited By Jacek Kubera and Łukasz Skoczylas

This book presents contributions from migration sociologists inspired by Florian Znaniecki’s theory and the results of his studies to conduct their own research in countries like Austria, China, Greece and Poland. The authors evaluate today’s migration phenomena with reference to a coherent theoretical system. The book can be used as a manual presenting the tools for examining the migration experience from many angles: a sense of national identity (ethnic and civic), family ties, the importance of the social environment in the process of an individual’s integration with the society or an evolution of entire social systems within which the migrants operate.

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Theory on Disorganisation in Migrant Families in Contemporary Migration Research in Athens and Vienna (Krystyna Romaniszyn)

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Krystyna Romaniszyn

Institute of Sociology Jagiellonian University Kraków

Theory on Disorganisation in Migrant Families in Contemporary Migration Research in Athens and Vienna

Abstract: International migratory (in)flows induce cultural change with regard to material, social and symbolic layers of culture. The article examines the formative influence of women’s migration on the change of family organisation and sexual mores. The empirical background is provided by the findings of fieldworks carried out among Polish migrants in Athens and Vienna, in the 1990s. Based on Florian Znaniecki’s theory of disorganisation, it emphasises great relevance of this theoretical approach in contemporary migration research.

Keywords: women’s migration; theory of disorganisation; Florian Znaniecki; family life; sexual mores

1. Introduction

As its title suggests, the objective of this article is to examine the relevance of the sociological ideas of Florian Znaniecki, along with William Thomas, in contemporary migration research. This intention is motivated not by a desire to “dust off” a discarded classic of Polish sociological thought, but to demonstrate that contemporary reflection in the field of migration has become impoverished by its tacit disavowal of the scientific legacy of this great antecedent. This impoverishment is actual, rather than potential, and applies to quite a number of studies devoted to the contemporary migrations of Polish families. Marginalising a great of migration studies also means, perhaps unconsciously, letting go of the principle of cumulativeness of knowledge which is a condition for creating...

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