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Brednikova, O.E.
The (Non-)Return: Can Migrants Become Former Migrants?
[(Ne)Vozvrashchenie: mogut li migranty stat' byvshimi?]

Olga Brednikova | http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6954-1273 | bred8@yandex.ru | Centre for Independent Social Research (87 Ligovsky prospekt, St. Petersburg, 191040, Russia)

Type of publication: Research Article

Central Asia, migrants, return migration, phenomenon of return, biographical perspective, transnational perspective, identificational perspective

The return of migrants home is problematic because it manifests the important gaps at the social, identificational, and everyday levels. The social gaps are caused by the forced restructuring of social networks. Breaks at the identificational level are associated with the acquisition of the migrant's unique experience of being "out", with the transnational multiplication of social reality, as well as with the production of distance from the host community. Breaks at the level of everyday life are embodied in the assimilation of new social practices and corporeal idioms. The study of the phenomenon of return through the transnational, biographical, and identificational lenses seems informative and non-obvious. The analysis of migrants' emotions, perceptions of the past and the future (in particular, the phenomenon of nostalgia and myth of the return), as well as everyday practices and their physical incarnations provides rich material for the interpretation of the phenomenon.

Funding Information
This research was supported by the following institutions and grants:
Russian Science Foundation, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100006769 [grant no. 14-18-02149]

Citation (Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., Author-Date, article titles not enclosed in quotation marks)

Brednikova, O.E. 2017. (Ne)Vozvrashchenie: mogut li migranty stat' byvshimi? [The (Non-)Return: Can Migrants Become Former Migrants?]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 3: 32-47

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Submitted 05.12.2016 | Accepted 12.01.2017


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