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Bobova Nadya (University of Trento, Italy)
The Complexity of Return: Socio-Cultural Remittances of Highly Skilled Belarusians
Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 2016, vol. 5, nr 2, s. 119-134, tab., bibliogr. s. 132-134
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Socjologia migracji, Socjologia kultury, Kapitał społeczny, Społeczne skutki globalizacji, Praca za granicą
Sociology of migration, Sociology of culture, Social capital, Social results of globalisation, Work abroad
This article investigates the post-return experiences of highly skilled Belarusian professionals. I concentrate on the socio-cultural aspects of highly skilled migration and view returnees as carriers of new experiences, ideas, and practices by studying the ways in which they apply various socio-cultural remittances to the different spheres of their lives. In particular, I argue that the formation and transmission of socio-cultural remittances are strongly heterogeneous and selective processes, which manifest themselves to varying degrees not only in different people, but also in different aspects of people's lives. The analysis of several socio-cultural remittances in private and public spheres shows that in some cases the socio-cultural remittances display strong gender differences. Moreover, the highly skilled returnees appear to be proactive remitters: some of them re-interpret and transform the socio-cultural remittances before transmitting them. The research draws on the analysis of 43 in-depth interviews with highly skilled professionals who returned to Belarus after long periods of time spent abroad. (original abstract)
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