Generation, family and migration: Young Brazilian factory workers in Japan
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
University of Melbourne Author/sGreen, Paul
AffiliationPhilosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsGreen, P. (2010). Generation, family and migration: Young Brazilian factory workers in Japan. ETHNOGRAPHY, 11 (4), pp.515-532. https://doi.org/10.1177/1466138110362007.
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This article focuses on the significance of generational difference and kinship ties in the lives of young Brazilian migrants living and working in Japan. On these terms, I transcend an ongoing tendency in transnational migration studies to highlight the importance of economic motivation, a myth of return and the primary significance of communal ties in the shaping of everyday migrant experiences. By treating generational difference as a kin relationship I consider the central influence of family in shaping the experiences and future plans of young Brazilian migrants in Japan. By considering generational difference as a migrant relationship I discuss young people’s perceptions of freedom, familial obligation and easy money in the light of contested understandings of what it means to be a Brazilian migrant in Japan. Through this analysis, the article offers fresh insights into both migration between Brazil and Japan and understandings of belonging, difference and attachment in transnational social spaces.
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