Acta Mvsei Porolissensis Vol. XXXIX/2017

IULIA-ELENA HOSSU, Researcher, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Romania, Cluj Napoca. E-mail:

ABSTRACT: The aim of this paper is to trace how representations of home were affected by the transnational family as a new mode of living. Starting from this question, the study first maps out the significance of the home in the collective imaginary of Romanian society by providing a review of the most relevant literature. In the second part I will illustrate the significance of the home in the imaginary of those already living a transnational existence, starting from their representations of home. The final part of the paper will focus more narrowly on how these representations change in the case of the latest migration wave, accompanied by the redefining of individual identity. This research is based on a qualitative analysis of data obtained from audio and video interviews with members of the community of Romanian migrants to Belgium.

KEYWORDS: home, identity, transnational families, Romanian migrants

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