Luso-Descendant 'returnees' in Portugal: Identity, belonging and transnationalism

Luso-Descendant 'returnees' in Portugal: Identity, belonging and transnationalism

Within migrant and transnational studies, the descendants of migrants often have complex and ambiguous views of home, identity and where exactly they belong. Such complexity and ambiguity is further stressed upon returning to the ancestral homeland. Returning migrant descendants may be confronted with a dramatically changing social-cultural landscape, where their previously conceived ethno-cultural ideals, or those they may have inherited from their parents, through mass media or during previous short-term visits to the ancestral homeland, may be non-existent or distorted from their own perceptions. Consequently, questions of ethno-cultural definitions arise, driven by the multiple relations and negotiations that emerge in the context of migrancy, return and maintained transnational linkages. We are here in the midst of a mobility form that extends to new kinds of social spaces and cultural fields that often questions previously stable notions and fixed entities that existed in the pre-return. The return itself often ends up challenging, translating, (re)defining, narrating and (re)constructing new meanings of ‘who these individuals are' in connection to ‘where they are'. The core nature of our proposal focuses on these very issues, this within the setting of ‘return' of Portuguese descendants to their ancestral home - Portugal - originating from three source countries: Canada, France and Germany. We choose these countries given that, at different stages since the 1950s, they have been rich destination countries for Portuguese emigrants and from where counter-diasporic return has been a phenomenon in recent decades, a large portion of that return made up of the offspring of the first generation.

 

 

Estatuto: 
Participant entity
Financed: 
Yes
Entidades: 
Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
Keywords: 

Return migration, Identity, Belonging, Transnacionalism

Within migrant and transnational studies, the descendants of migrants often have complex and ambiguous views of home, identity and where exactly they belong. Such complexity and ambiguity is further stressed upon returning to the ancestral homeland. Returning migrant descendants may be confronted with a dramatically changing social-cultural landscape, where their previously conceived ethno-cultural ideals, or those they may have inherited from their parents, through mass media or during previous short-term visits to the ancestral homeland, may be non-existent or distorted from their own perceptions. Consequently, questions of ethno-cultural definitions arise, driven by the multiple relations and negotiations that emerge in the context of migrancy, return and maintained transnational linkages. We are here in the midst of a mobility form that extends to new kinds of social spaces and cultural fields that often questions previously stable notions and fixed entities that existed in the pre-return. The return itself often ends up challenging, translating, (re)defining, narrating and (re)constructing new meanings of ‘who these individuals are' in connection to ‘where they are'. The core nature of our proposal focuses on these very issues, this within the setting of ‘return' of Portuguese descendants to their ancestral home - Portugal - originating from three source countries: Canada, France and Germany. We choose these countries given that, at different stages since the 1950s, they have been rich destination countries for Portuguese emigrants and from where counter-diasporic return has been a phenomenon in recent decades, a large portion of that return made up of the offspring of the first generation.

 

 

Objectivos: 
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Parceria: 
National network
António João Saraiva
David Cairns
Irène Strijdhorst dos Santos
Sofia Afonso

REPOR

Coordenador Geral 
João Sardinha
Coordenador 
Start Date: 
01/07/2013
End Date: 
30/06/2015
Duração: 
24 meses
Closed