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    STUDIA SOCIOLOGIA - Issue no. 2 / 2014  
         
  Article:   BOOK REVIEW: DIASPORA ONLINE: IDENTITY POLITICS AND ROMANIAN MIGRANTS. BY RUXANDRA TRANDAFOIU. BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: BERGHAHN BOOKS, 2013, 224 PAGES.

Authors:  IRINA CULIC.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  Ruxandra Trandafoiu enters the field of international migration through the door of communication studies, by investigating the online cultural and political expressions of Romanian immigrants. Her research site comprises twelve diasporic websites and discussion forums set by Romanians based in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America, where more than 3,000 messages are perused. The methodological choices are boldly set in the introduction. Diaspora, rather than immigrants, circular migrants, free movers, or something else, is chosen as the working concept of the analysis, although it is not assigned the traditional meaning. For the purpose of the study, diaspora comprises all citizens abroad, holding onto an identity project that was shaped by their impulse to move and the necessity to stay. The author also discusses the practical and ethical challenges of doing ethnography on the net, and of being both subject and object of the analysis. This situatedness undoubtedly shaped the focus of the book, structured around the politics of identity in hybrid spaces.  
         
     
         
         
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