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ETNOGRAFICHESKOE OBOZRENIE • 3-2017


Peshkova, V.M.
Life Plans of Central Asian Migrants in Russia: Narratives and Practices
[Zhiznennye plany trudovykh migrantov iz Srednei Azii v Rossii: narrativy i praktiki]

Vera Peshkova | http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3530-922X | pever@mail.ru | Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences (24/35 Krzhizhanovskogo Street, Moscow, 117218, Russia)

Type of publication: Research Article

Keywords
Central Asia, Russia, migrants, labor migration, life strategies, life plan, life course

Abstract
The article looks at the everyday life of Central Asian labor migrants in Russia through the prism of their own conception and realization of life plans. I attempt to examine the part that the migrant strategies per se play in shaping the life ways of these migrants. One of the key goals of this research was to hear the voice of the migrants and understand their own interpretation of experiences and expectations emerging from the migrant way of life. Migrants are considered from a broader perspective as members of transnational social networks intersecting with local and family ties. The research is drawn on the outcome of the three-year-long comparative study conducted both in Central Asia and Russia. By looking at various factors, such as age, gender, and family status, in the context of current migration policies and economic situation, I tentatively delineate four principal strategies employed by the migrants in shaping their life ways, corresponding to the four basic life scenarios: "single man", "family man", "married couple", and "single woman (with children)".

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)

Peshkova, V.M. 2017. Zhiznennye plany trudovykh migrantov iz Srednei Azii v Rossii: narrativy i praktiki [Life Plans of Central Asian Migrants in Russia: Narratives and Practices]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 3: 48-62

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Submitted 05.12.2016 | Accepted 12.01.2017

 


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