Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology 42:2 (2012) out now
Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology - Vol. 42:2 2012 is now available:
Print version: http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/details.asp?eln=300320
Special issue: Imagined Families in Mobile Worlds
Though a seemingly stable concept in ethnological work, "family" as a lived reality took and takes on innumerable forms shaped by economic pressures, mobility and attendant social transformations, and biotechnical interventions. The case studies in this special issue focus on the ways in which social actors seek to concretize as well as control what family could or should be.While (bio-)technological innovation proves vital to fulfill traditional imaginaries of a nuclear family, communication technology is a key to keep transnationally situated families in contact. Still, transnational work opportunities conflict with traditional imaginaries of the wholesome families and impact particularly women seeking to cross both borders and established family norms. Popular genealogy as a hobby and passion uncovers evidence that counters established narratives: instead of long-term sedentary family lineages, evidence of migration muddies the waters. Family metaphor, finally, serves, in one of the case studies, as a vocabulary to materialize imaginary kinship ties among nuns. The five case studies are complemented by four commentaries, exploring paths along which these themes can be developed further.
Table of contents
Karen Körber and Ina Merkel:
Imagined Families in Mobile Worlds. An Introduction
So Far and yet so Near. Present-Day Transnational Families
"The Daughters have Grown Up". Transnational Motherhood, Migration and Gender among Catholic Nuns"
Grounding the Family. Locality and its Discontents in Popular Genealogy
How Gendered is the European Migration Regime? A Feminist Analysis of the Anti-Trafficking Apparatus
Who is Afraid of Frankenstein? Polish Debate on In-Vitro Fertilization
From Accompanying Family Member to Active Subject. Critical Perspectives on Transnational Migration
Immigration - and Secrets
The Materiality of the Imagined Family