Balancing the here and there: Transnational mobilities of moroccan middle-class professionals in Istanbul
This article explores the ways Moroccan middle-class professionals residing in Istanbul have forged transnational connections since the 2006 free trade agreement between Turkey and Morocco. Based on ethnographic fieldwork the article finds that research participants embrace three interdependent mobilities - imaginative corporeal and virtual. First Moroccan television viewers imaginatively internalise images of Turkish society through Turkish programmes broadcast in Morocco. Then Moroccan nationals engage in physical travel to Turkey initially as tourists but later also as job seekers. Finally Moroccan residents of Istanbul travel virtually to keep in touch with friends and family through media such as online platforms and instant messaging applications. In this article I argue that users of virtual environments have developed into new transnational brokers facilitating the spatial extension of border-crossing networks. © Berghahn Books.
SourceAnthropology of the Middle East
- Araştırma Çıktıları / Scopus