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Co-creating Transnational Social Spaces: Researching Poles’ Migrations across Time and Space

Author(s): Łukasz KRZYŻOWSKI

Journal: Journal of Identity and Migration Studies
ISSN 1843-5610

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: migration | Poles | methodological nationalism

The article examines auto-ethnography (as a form of methodological nationalism), a conceptual tendency that is helpful in the process of the construction of a multi-sited research field, (multi-sited ethnography), at two levels: spatial and temporal. I maintain that this type of data, (researcher's migration experience and history of migration of the family and local community), allows a better understanding of the nature of migration, which is understood as a process of long duration. More importantly, today's migrants perceive the migration of a hundred years ago, as well as the present, precisely as transmigration, and not as emigration or immigration.
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