Migrant Friendships in a Super-Diverse City

Russian-Speakers and their Social Relationships in London in the 21st Century

Darya Malyutina. Foreword by Claire Dwyer

ibidem Press

Migrant Friendships in a Super-Diverse City

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Pub Date: October 2015

ISBN: 9783838207025

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Migrant Friendships in a Super-Diverse City

Russian-Speakers and their Social Relationships in London in the 21st Century

Darya Malyutina. Foreword by Claire Dwyer

ibidem Press

This timely book offers an integrative and critical approach to the conceptualization of diversity of social ties in contemporary urban migrant populations. It explores the informal relationships of migrants in London and how the construction and the dynamics of their social ties function as a part of urban sociality within the super-diversity of London. Based on the results of a qualitative study of Russian-speaking migrants, it targets the four main themes of transnationalism, ethnicity, cosmopolitanization, and friendship. Acknowledging the complexity of the ways in which contemporary migrants rely on social relationships, the author argues that this complexity cannot be fully grasped by theories of transnationalism or explanations of ethnic communities alone. Instead, one can gather a closer understanding of migrant sociality when adding the analysis of informal relationships in different locations and with different subjects. This book suggests that friendship should be seen as an important concept for all research on migrant social connections.
Drawing on a range of innovative research methods, Migrant Friendships in a Super-Diverse City presents an original and empirically compelling picture of the Russian-speaking diaspora in London. This book is a must for European migration scholars. Alan Latham, University College London
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction
1. Limits of transnationalism
2. Ethnicity and social relationships
3. Localising friends
4. Choosing friends
5. Rethinking friends
Conclusion
Appendix 1: Data on research participants
Bibliography

About the Author

Darya Malyutina is a social scientist researching post-Soviet and Russian-speaking migration to the UK, super-diversity, informal relationships, transnationalism, and cross-border political practices.