Bosnian Austrians: Accidental migrants in trans-local and cyber spaces

Halilovich, H 2013, 'Bosnian Austrians: Accidental migrants in trans-local and cyber spaces', Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 524-540.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Bosnian Austrians: Accidental migrants in trans-local and cyber spaces
Author(s) Halilovich, H
Year 2013
Journal name Journal of Refugee Studies
Volume number 26
Issue number 4
Start page 524
End page 540
Total pages 17
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract This article explores the on-site and online realities of Bosnian immigrants in Austria whose migration, at least initially, started as a forced displacement. It describes how their social networks-performed and sustained both in real and cyber space-are utilized in strengthening social cohesion and trans-local identities in relation to places in Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ultimately, the article attempts to challenge the established methodological and theoretical orthodoxies in migration studies and to deconstruct the myth about refugees as a 'societal burden' subject to charity, arguing that any strict division between different migration categories and paradigms will miss addressing the multiplicity of ever-changing relationships, meanings and opportunities especially as they are (re)imagined in the realm of cyberspace.
Subject Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) forced displacement
trans-local identities
digital ethnography
DOI - identifier 10.1093/jrs/fet002
Copyright notice © The Author 2013
ISSN 0951-6328
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