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Soviet SignorasPersonal and Collective Transformations in Eastern European Migration$
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Martina Cvajner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226662251

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226662428.001.0001

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Conclusion: From the Detritus of the Soviet Union into a New Social World

Conclusion: From the Detritus of the Soviet Union into a New Social World

(p.172) Conclusion: From the Detritus of the Soviet Union into a New Social World
Soviet Signoras

Martina Cvajner

University of Chicago Press

The concluding chapter takes stock of all the ethnographic evidence presented throughout the book and ties together the different strands of the women’s migration experiences into a social psychology of migration. It stresses the importance of moving past the binary of an instrumental orientation to here and a devout devotion to there. Indeed, the main goal of the book is to document how such a binary is actually a poor description of what really happens when a generation of women pioneers establishes their presence in a new location. Instead, the chapter focuses on the process of fashioning a new and pluralistic set of Selves that have been shaped through interactional experiences, and emplacing such development within existing literature and theory on migration. It also engages with alternative explanations for the women’s presentation of Self, such as rational adaptation, culture, or transplanted habitus. A concluding elaboration of the natural history of the group shows how the evolution of the ways in which the women presented themselves in Alpinetown is strictly intertwined with the changes in the structure and functioning of the group in which they participated.

Keywords:   social psychology of migration, presentation of Self, rational adaptation, culture, groups

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