‘We all eat the same bread’: the roots and limits of cosmopolitan bridging ties developed by Romanians in London

Morosanu, Laura (2012) ‘We all eat the same bread’: the roots and limits of cosmopolitan bridging ties developed by Romanians in London. Ethnic and Racial Studies. ISSN 0141-9870

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Abstract

This paper investigates the social ties forged by Romanians in London with migrants of different origins in work and non-work contexts to offer a more nuanced view of ‘bridging’ social ties and related discussions of ‘everyday’ cosmopolitanism. Contrary to the overemphasis on ethnic ties seen as a form of bonding in migration research, the paper shows how Romanians bridge informally with many other migrants based on shared ‘non-native’ status. Alongside non-ethnically marked commonalities, ethnicity emerges as an important ingredient of cosmopolitan socialization, yet without necessarily signalling coexisting ethnic identities, as commonly assumed. Romanians' experiences further show that despite providing significant social and cultural capital, bridging ties with migrants, rather than natives, rarely accrue effective resources for social mobility. The findings suggest the need to disaggregate and qualify current understandings of ‘bridging’ social ties usually depicted in positive terms and uniformly as cross-ethnic relationships, or only linked with the ‘mainstream’ population

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Laura Morosanu
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 10:38
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2012 10:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/41473
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