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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.

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Abstract

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: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on 20/02/2014, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2014.886956"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2014.886956
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3015

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