Andrey Rezaev 1, Alexander Stepanov 2, Pavel Lisitsyn 3
  • 1 St. Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya Naberejnaya, 7-9, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation 199034
  • 2 Saint Petersburg State University of Economics, Smolnogo str., 1/3-9, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation 191124
  • 3 Saint Petersburg State University of Economics, Universitetskaya Nab., 13B, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation 199034

Transnational Migrants in the Urban Space of Modern City

2020, vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 254–275 [issue contents]
The paper presents the outcomes of the field research oriented towards studying the usage of urban space by female labor migrants from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in Saint Petersburg in comparison with the practices that they have developed in their places of origin. The paper is based on the sociology of everyday life. The authors focus on the migrants’ transnational practices and a scope of their integration into the host society, as well as the perception of the urban space of Saint Petersburg in comparison to the migrants’ homelands. The informants for the study were 28 legal transnational labor migrants. The methods of the research are in-depth interviews in combination with mental maps. The hypothesis of the study includes two assumptions. The first is that migrant women from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have transnational practices that indicate their inclusion in the social networks of both the country of origin and the host society, while their everyday life will be characterized by a rather low degree of integration into the host society. The second assumption is that the mental maps of St. Petersburg that were drawn by the informants are detailed and diverse compared to the mental maps of the place of residence in their homelands. These assumptions were partly confirmed. Results of the inquiry raise new research questions that demand further research of migrant workers to be answered.
Citation: Rezaev A., Stepanov A., Lisitsyn P. (2020) Transnatsional'nye migranty v prostranstve sovremennogo goroda [Transnational Migrants in the Urban Space of Modern City]. The Russian Sociological Review, vol. 19, no 2, pp. 254-275 (in Russian)
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