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Editorial foreword to the ‘Cultural Anthropology’ Section by Dr. Lužný

Editorial foreword to the ‘Cultural Anthropology’ Section by Dr. Lužný

Martin Lavicka22 Sep 2013Leave a comment


The CHINET team for Cultural Anthropology deals with topics regarding the global migration and the place of the Chinese within as well as we focus on the maintaining/transforming of cultural-religious traditions that are an inherent part of the process of globalization. Drawing on the theories of transnationalism our research addresses different forms of nationally unbounded ties that are accented in the lives of migrants. Transnationally oriented anthropology asks questions that are concerned with forms of migrants ties to:

  1. the country of origin (diaspora / nation state),
  2. the place of the current stay,
  3. the global networks of different forms professional / religious / family / free-time networks etc.)

Our team deals primarily with two closely related fields of research:

  • transnational families (understanding the family to be an elementary social unit that mediates the process of maintaining the traditions, values and conceptions through socialization, we reveal the migrant´s family ties to be one of the fundamental resources of shaping the transnational identity)
  • religion as a part of transnational identity (in this area the research focuses on the transmission/maintenance/transformation of various religious traditions, the role of religious ritual in everyday life, religion as a way of transnational bridging)

As a part of CHINET team of professionals we aim to create a transnational research network for the study of (not exclusively) Chinese transnationalism.

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