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Armenians around the World: Migration and Transnationality


Edited By Artur Mkrtichyan

This volume explores Armenian migration around the world, including the interrelation between domestic communities in Armenia and Armenian communities elsewhere. It takes a close look at the motivation to migrate and the specifics of Armenian communities in different EU countries and the United States. Authors from Armenia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, and the US use various approaches to the subject such as case-study, in-depth interviews, surveys, comparative and network analysis, as well as migration and transnationalism theories. The collection offers new insights into local Armenian community structure, lifestyle, communication and adaptation, social, economic and gender aspects of migration.
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Armenian Transnationalism: On Some Features of Ethnic Identity Transformation in Transnational Migration Networks


← 20 | 21 → Maria I. Zaslavskaya

Professor, Department of Applied Sociology, Yerevan State University

In the article, specificy of ethnicity perceived by migrants in is analyzed from positions of transnationalism. It is shown in particular that the concept of transnationalism is applicable and useful in attempts to understand mechanisms of Armenian labour migration.

In this article, some features of an ethnicity perception of migrants in the modern conditions are analyzed from the point of view of the transnationalism phenomenon. The idea of this research was born from the following question: what are the mechanisms of escalation of ethnic tension in migration processes? Is this escalation related to the transformation of ethnic identity of migrants? As migration processes are continuously connected with interpersonal relations between the members of different ethnic groups in the modern world, conditions that are conducive to the transformation of ethnic identity are therefore created.

In what follows the features of transnationalism phenomenon in contemporary conditions of Armenian migration are analyzed and the role of ethnic identity perception in the occurrence and escalation of ethnic tension in migratory processes is investigated. It is shown that transnationalism has its distinctive appearance in the processes of Armenian labour migration.

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