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Labour Migrations in the Balkans


Edited By Biljana Sikimić, Petko Hristov and Biljana Golubović

This volume includes nine contributions by authors from Bulgaria, Germany, Serbia and the United States and provides innovative interdisciplinary research on the Balkans on the interface of linguistics and anthropology. It has a focus on current phenomena of exile, diaspora, minorities, ethnic groups, and changes in the identity of local communities and individuals as globalization unfolds on the Balkans. This approach adds narrative inquiry, linguistic biographies and sociolinguistics to the new tools for Balkanology. This book deals with numerous aspects of mobility and migration, such as: bi-/multiculturalism, bi-/multilingualism, the relation of mobility to space and time, space as an interacting phenomenon, the problematization of the border, mobility in everyday life of the community and individuals, the relationship of the individual towards the community, migration discourse, the relationship between narration and migration, transnational identities, rituals of separation, rural-urban mobility, the phenomenon of para-urbanity, second and third generation migrants, changes in social networks and the gender aspect of migrations.

Biljana Golubovi, Petko Hristov, Biljana Sikimi: Labour Migrations in the Balkans. Introduction to the volume - Traditional models of labour migration - Petko Hristov: Balkan Gurbet: History, Traditional Patterns and Cultural Dimensions - Biljana Raeva: Arbeitsmigration, der sozialistische Staat und die Tradition. Nach dem Vorbild von Dimitrovgrad – der ersten sozialistischen Stadt in Bulgarien - Internal labour mobility - Alexander Markovi: Brass on the Move: Economic Crisis and Professional Mobility among Romani Musicians in Vranje - Biljana Sikimi: Zwischen Heim und Baustelle: individuelle Mobilität eines Baumeisters - Svetlana irkovi: Ökonomische Migrationen im sozialistischen Jugoslawien: Bosnier im Banat - Transborder labour mobility - Ivaylo Markov: Labour Mobility-Family-Business (Two cases: Albanians and Macedonian Muslims/Torbeši from Macedonia) - Tanya Dimitrova: Mobility and Localness: Two possible Dimensions of Life in Emigration (The Case of the Emigrants from the Town of Kneža) - Anelia Kassabova: Nationale Küche als Marktnische - Biljana Golubovi: Zu Motivationsproblemen der IT-Experten im sprachlichen Integrationsprozess der hochqualifizierten Migranten in Deutschland