Maintaining transnational social fields, the role of visits to Bangladesh for British Bangladeshi children

Zeitlyn, Benjamin (2012) Maintaining transnational social fields, the role of visits to Bangladesh for British Bangladeshi children. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 38 (6). pp. 953-968. ISSN 1369-183X

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Abstract

The visit is a key experience in the socialisation of British Bangladeshi children. It is an emotional and sensory rollercoaster for children which challenges and confirms their sense of who they are. For, while they enjoy some aspects of the visit, they find others deeply unsettling. Visits to Sylhet in Bangladesh give children a lasting lesson in both Sylheti beliefs and practices and their own sense of belonging. Their deep, embodied sense of disorientation makes children feel that they do not belong in Sylhet, despite the importance of the people, places and practices they encounter. This paper explores the impact of visits on British Bangladeshi children's identities and argues that these experiences help to create a distinct British Bangladeshi transnational social field and habitus.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
Depositing User: Benji Zeitlyn
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2012 07:51
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2012 07:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11313
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