Radu 1-4/2001

Sociologie Românească (Romanian Sociology), XII new series no. 1-4/2001, pp. 215-231.



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De la Crângeni - Teleorman spre Spania: antreprenoriat, adventism și migrație circulatorie

From Crangeni - Teleorman to Spain: antreprenoriat, adventism and circulatory migration

Cosmin Radu


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Abstract (Rezumat în limba engleză): The aim of this study is to point out the significance of some social structure aspects at community level and the cognitive and cultural orientation provided by religious affiliation at individual level with respect to international migration, viewed from the theoretical perspective of action. The spatial reference is Crângeni, a village of about 3000 inhabitants, located in the South of Romania (Teleorman County) In this village, the international migration represents a new behavioral pattern directly related to individuals' religious affiliation to the Adventist church. If in the past the young Adventists chosen to stay in Crângeni and occupy key position in the village economy, in keeping with their religious community norms, today, looking for economic opportunities, they are migrating to Spain. In the sense that they have the capacity to filter the community evaluations and to advance non-normative behaviors that finally are accepted and taken over by others, migrants become entrepreneurs. The economical motivation of migration becomes compatible with formal religious precepts, the last representing a starting point for diverse associations within networks and/or for informal aims. "The problem" of Adventists migrants is in fact to harmonize public behavior, relevant in the Adventist community with that familial-private one.