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Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology 42:2 (2012) out now
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Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology 42:2 (2012) out now
Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology - Vol. 42:2 2012 is now available:

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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

Karen Körber:
So Far and yet so Near. Present-Day Transnational Families

Gertrud Hüwelmeier:
"The Daughters have Grown Up". Transnational Motherhood, Migration and Gender among Catholic Nuns"

Elisabeth Timm:
Grounding the Family. Locality and its Discontents in Popular Genealogy

Sabine Hess:
How Gendered is the European Migration Regime? A Feminist Analysis of the Anti-Trafficking Apparatus

Magdalena Radkowska-Walkowicz:
Who is Afraid of Frankenstein? Polish Debate on In-Vitro Fertilization


Marie Sandberg:
Karol's Kingdom

Beatriz Lindqvist:
From Accompanying Family Member to Active Subject. Critical Perspectives on Transnational Migration

Karin Lützen:
Immigration - and Secrets

Laura Stark:
The Materiality of the Imagined Family

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