Sociality and Moral Conflicts: Migrant stories of relational vulnerability

Marquez Reiter, Rosina and Kádár, Dániel Z. (2022). Sociality and Moral Conflicts: Migrant stories of relational vulnerability. Pragmatics and Society, 13(1) pp. 1–21.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/ps.19021.mar

Abstract

This paper explores how understandings of sociality influence the way members of two different social groups discursively animate moral conflicts. It examines how moral conflicts are constructed in life-story interviews by Chinese and Latin American migrants as they reflect on patterns of sociation with co-ethnics in London. These interviews typify the kind of conflicts that emerged across a 102 interview database where a discrepancy between expectations of how contextually-situated interpersonal relations are established and how they should unfold are. The transnational setting that we focus on inevitably draws our attention to the importance of the larger relational context where interpersonal relations among migrant co-ethnics are entrenched. In this context, rights and obligations towards one another are often reconfigured to adapt to the circumstances of the new environment. This paper turns the pragmatic lens on transcultural relations.

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