European Style 100%: Images from a Moldovan Village on the European Border

Francesco Vietti


This paper analyzes the impact of migration on the family roles in Moldova and the changing dynamics within transnational families. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the economic collapse of the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of Moldovans have left their country over the past decade [past two decades?] to seek opportunities abroad. The mass migration has become the dominant socio-economic phenomenon of the country and has prompted the redefinition of the family structure and ideology. The migration of a large number of women leads to a reorganization of the division of labour and the gender roles within the transnational family. These changes influence communities as well as families. Taking a closer look at the transnational experience of a family in the rural context, this paper explores the migrants' consumption of desires and practices as reflective not only of commodified exchange, but also of affection and sentiment.


Ethnography; Family; Transnationalism; Eastern Europe; Remittances

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