Central Asian Female Migrants’ Transnational Social Spaces : Straddling Illegality and Tradition

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Eraliev , S & Heusala , A-L 2021 , Central Asian Female Migrants’ Transnational Social Spaces : Straddling Illegality and Tradition . in R Turaeva & R Urinboyev (eds) , Labour, Mobilities and Informal Practices: Power, institutions and Mobile Actors in Transnational Space . Routledge , pp. 114-132 .

Title: Central Asian Female Migrants’ Transnational Social Spaces : Straddling Illegality and Tradition
Author: Eraliev, Sherzod; Heusala, Anna-Liisa
Editor: Turaeva, Rano; Urinboyev, Rustamjon
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute - Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies
University of Helsinki, Russian and Eurasian Studies (Aleksanteri Institute)
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2021-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Labour, Mobilities and Informal Practices: Power, institutions and Mobile Actors in Transnational Space
ISBN: 9781032010144
9781003176763
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332504
Abstract: This chapter employs the concept of transnational social space to examine Central Asian female migrants’ relationship with the law in Russia. Through exploring life stories of four migrant women, we examine the formation of transnational social spaces for labour migrants in Russia from the perspective of gender. The results demonstrate the significance of the tradition and practices of the sending countries in the formation of Central Asian female migrants’ transnational social spaces and subsequent legal choices in Russia. We raise the question regarding agency-focused transnationalism as an overarching perspective in the study of labour migrants in Russia. The revolving door migration between Central Asia and Russia, a lack of social capital and financial resources, their dependent position within migrant communities and strict family traditions limit the real agency of many female migrants, which the concept of transnational social space assumes. We argue that vulnerable migrant groups such as women often do not fit into transnationalism, informality or legal culture narratives without taking into account the specificities of the female experience.
Subject: 6160 Other humanities
Russian and Eurasian Studies
513 Law
illegality
Tradition
Migration
Legal pluralism
transnationalism
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