Observing, Acquiring, Resisting: Migrants’ Agency in the Web of Social Remittances

  • Izabela Grabowska
  • Michał P. Garapich
  • Ewa Jaźwińska
  • Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


The process of social remitting is complex, multilayered and involves numerous social actors that at each stage face several choices of action. By definition, the process of socially remitted ideas, codes of behaviour and practices starts with the migrants themselves and their social context in the destination country. This chapter traces in detail what happens when migrants are exposed to new settings, how they make sense of this logic of novelty and unfamiliarity, what they choose as beneficial and potentially valuable or not, once they get to know the details of British social life. Faithful to our understanding of social remittances as ultimately a process where individual agency is the dominant determinant, we follow the routes, ideas, practices and values that travel within the transnational social field between Britain and various localities in Poland.


Social Control Destination Country British Society Migration Experience Cultural Meaning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Izabela Grabowska
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michał P. Garapich
    • 3
  • Ewa Jaźwińska
    • 2
  • Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Centre of Migration ResearchUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  3. 3.Social SciencesUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK

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