Nonconventional forms of intimacy and migration: towards a micro-situated and emotion-based model of social inclusion

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/583041
Title:
Nonconventional forms of intimacy and migration: towards a micro-situated and emotion-based model of social inclusion
Authors:
Pratesi, Alessandro
Abstract:
A growing literature on same-sex parenthood supports the argument that nonconventional forms of intimacy and care represent an opportunity to explore possible venues of resistance against macro-structural forces while at the same time avoiding marginalisation. My findings from a previous research on family care conducted in the US show that same-sex parents, by gaining social visibility, enriching and changing the possible definitions of family and parenthood, and challenging hegemonic sexualities, simultaneously distance themselves from homonormative definitions of family and marginalising definitions of cultural citizenship based on hegemonic heterosexuality. The theoretical framework of my research drew on those aspects of the sociology of emotions that, in explaining how feelings can reproduce social stratification, connect micro- and macro-levels, making intimacy, care and emotion central to understand how situated interactions reproduce social structure. Migrant LGBT people share many of the issues and concerns of heterosexual migrant people who are forced to live separated from their partners and/or families, but their experience can be made more complicated by their sexualities, biographies and histories. Their (private) stories and experiences are not only relevant to them, but also to the wider communities of migrant people and to their civil, legal, social and cultural rights. The right to visibility, the right to dignifying and dignified representation, the right to affirmation of identity, and the right to appreciation and valuing of differences also apply to many other forms of cultural citizenship currently denied. The relatively invisible experiences of LGBT transnational families may have therefore important implications in terms of social change and citizenship. Situating the debate of LGBT citizenship within the context of migration allows us to overcome misleading dualisms between marginalisation and incorporation and to look for anti-assimilationist strategies of inclusion. Thus, the nonviolent, micro-situated and emotion-based model of social change represented by these cultural entrepreneurs can perhaps be exported to other social groups, contexts and settings, creating the foundations for more caring, more just and more inclusive societies.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Pratesi, A. (2014). Nonconventional forms of intimacy and migration: towards a micro-situated and emotion-based model of social inclusion. Paper presented at International conference: Nationalist Responses to Economic and Political Crises, Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) and Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University (CEU) Budapest, Hungary.
Publication Date:
Jun-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/583041
Type:
Presentation
Language:
en
Description:
This presentation is not available through ChesterRep
Sponsors:
The conference attendance was supported by the Department of Social and Political Science, University of Chester (UK)
Appears in Collections:
Social and Political Science

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dc.contributor.authorPratesi, Alessandroen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-01T11:03:13Zen
dc.date.available2015-12-01T11:03:13Zen
dc.date.issued2014-06en
dc.identifier.citationPratesi, A. (2014). Nonconventional forms of intimacy and migration: towards a micro-situated and emotion-based model of social inclusion. Paper presented at International conference: Nationalist Responses to Economic and Political Crises, Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) and Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University (CEU) Budapest, Hungary.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/583041en
dc.descriptionThis presentation is not available through ChesterRepen
dc.description.abstractA growing literature on same-sex parenthood supports the argument that nonconventional forms of intimacy and care represent an opportunity to explore possible venues of resistance against macro-structural forces while at the same time avoiding marginalisation. My findings from a previous research on family care conducted in the US show that same-sex parents, by gaining social visibility, enriching and changing the possible definitions of family and parenthood, and challenging hegemonic sexualities, simultaneously distance themselves from homonormative definitions of family and marginalising definitions of cultural citizenship based on hegemonic heterosexuality. The theoretical framework of my research drew on those aspects of the sociology of emotions that, in explaining how feelings can reproduce social stratification, connect micro- and macro-levels, making intimacy, care and emotion central to understand how situated interactions reproduce social structure. Migrant LGBT people share many of the issues and concerns of heterosexual migrant people who are forced to live separated from their partners and/or families, but their experience can be made more complicated by their sexualities, biographies and histories. Their (private) stories and experiences are not only relevant to them, but also to the wider communities of migrant people and to their civil, legal, social and cultural rights. The right to visibility, the right to dignifying and dignified representation, the right to affirmation of identity, and the right to appreciation and valuing of differences also apply to many other forms of cultural citizenship currently denied. The relatively invisible experiences of LGBT transnational families may have therefore important implications in terms of social change and citizenship. Situating the debate of LGBT citizenship within the context of migration allows us to overcome misleading dualisms between marginalisation and incorporation and to look for anti-assimilationist strategies of inclusion. Thus, the nonviolent, micro-situated and emotion-based model of social change represented by these cultural entrepreneurs can perhaps be exported to other social groups, contexts and settings, creating the foundations for more caring, more just and more inclusive societies.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe conference attendance was supported by the Department of Social and Political Science, University of Chester (UK)en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectIntimacyen
dc.subjectMigrationen
dc.subjectInclusive societiesen
dc.subjectEmotionsen
dc.titleNonconventional forms of intimacy and migration: towards a micro-situated and emotion-based model of social inclusionen
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
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