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Brazilians in France: migration selectivity and social networks

Grant number: 11/22828-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2012
Effective date (End): October 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal Investigator:Rosana Aparecida Baeninger
Grantee:Gisele Maria Ribeiro de Almeida
Supervisor: Hervé Domenach
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III, France  
Associated to the scholarship:09/17796-7 - Migration selectivity and cultural capital in the Brazilian migration to France, BP.DR


As a derivation of a research in process on Brazilian immigration in France in recent years, this project seeks to investigate aspects of the selectivity of this flow, considering the role and uses of social networking in the dynamic that encourages and supports these shifts. In this sense, we present here a proposal for work to be undertaken during a stay of six months in France. The stage was designed to accomplish a dual role: the establishment of a scientific exchange and at the same time the execution of activities related to field research. From a theoretical perspective, the study recognizes the greater diversity and complexity of contemporary forms of mobility and the challenges involved in characterizing the observed shifts. This scenario is an evidence of the need for a revision of theories frameworks and concepts in the context of migration studies, aspects that have been covered by French literature. On the other hand, the empirical perspective, the planning of activities involves conducting interviews in order to retrace the migratory routes of Brazilians immigrants in France and recover the subjective perceptions of this process. Another objective is to map the social networks of selected cases and use participant observation in specific spaces. The expectation is to understand more precisely the role of social networks in the consolidation project mobility and migration experience, including using them as a support to discuss the selectivity of migration mechanisms acting in different types of Brazilian migrants in France. (AU)

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