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Engendering transnational space: migrant mothers as cultural currency speculators

Erel, Umut (2012). Engendering transnational space: migrant mothers as cultural currency speculators. European Journal of Women's Studies, 19(4) pp. 460–474.

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Abstract

This article opens new perspectives for the study of gender, transnationalism and cultural capital by exploring the role of gender in the formation of cultural capital in transnational contexts, focusing on how migrant mothers’ strategically deploy cultural resources from one national setting in another. Drawing on a study of middle-class European mothers in London, it shows how they mobilise transnational cultural resources to compensate for shortcomings of economic, national and local cultural capital, as well as accruing added value to their children’s education. Indeed, some mothers engage in transnational cultural currency speculation of cultural resources by converting the educational investment in their children into educational credentials in the national setting where they expect the highest returns. Bourdieu’an notions of cultural capital and field help explore the relationship between national and transnational cultural capital in the European middle class migrants’ emergent mobility practices.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author
ISSN: 1461-7420
Extra Information: Special Issue: Gender and Transnationalism
Guest editors: Umut Erel and Helma Lutz
Keywords: Bourdieu; cultural capital; gender; migration; mothers; transnationalism
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 34467
Depositing User: Umut Erel
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2012 16:41
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:40
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/34467
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