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Nedelu, Mihaela

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Le Temps - Switzerland | 07/04/2009

Revolution in transnational ties

Mihaela Nedelu, a lecturer at the Institut für Allgemeine Soziologie (institute for general sociology) at the University of Neuchâtel, analyses in the French daily Le Temps how immigrants use information and communication technologies to cultivate new ties with their countries of origin: "The transnationalism of immigrants is not a new phenomenon, even if social sciences only started to show an interest two decades ago. The dissemination of information and communication technologies, above all digital media, in all areas of everyday life has brought decisive changes. … We have become witnesses from afar of a true revolution in social relations. … Today the use of communication technologies is no longer the exclusive privilege of highly qualified immigrants. Broad and mobile sections of the population use these technologies with a lot of creativity. They represent a genuine source of help for immigrants living in uncertain circumstances. And they also create new spaces for the expression, struggle and social integration of marginalised sections of the population."

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