Prestige and Status in the Migration Process: The Case of Social Differentiation in a Romanian ‘Community’ in Spain

Moreh, Chris (2014) Prestige and Status in the Migration Process: The Case of Social Differentiation in a Romanian ‘Community’ in Spain. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40 (11). pp. 1758-1778. ISSN 1369-183X

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This paper explores status relations in a Romanian migrant ‘community’ in Spain, developing a model of social differentiation within the ‘community’ based on ethnographic material. On a theoretical level, the paper builds on the distinction between ‘class’ and ‘status’, emphasising the latter's significance for migration research. Empirically, it aims to complement the study of status in the localities of origin, with a focus on status in the ‘communities’ at the destination. The paper suggests the existence of a developmental line in differentiation practices, from the most basic strategies of economic status improvement through the complex mechanisms of ‘prestige’ status recovery to the first occupational advancements with an associated status relevant in the receiving society, shaped by internal factors and external structural forces. Based on this, the paper proposes the model of social differentiation as a schematic tool that could become helpful in examining other phenomena related to migrant communities, especially their ‘adaptation possibilities’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 20-2-2014 ahead of print.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Romanian Migration; Social Differentiation; Status; Spain; Social Mobility
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 13:03
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:27

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