Pietka (2011) Encountering forms of co-ethnic relations: Polish community in Glasgow


With a focus on post-accession migration, Pietka (2011) examines the concept of community as understood by Polish migrants living in Glasgow. The author analyses the data in terms of the concept’s meaning and its mechanism of formation. These social structures are examined with reference to social divisions such as age, gender and social class. This is done in order to explore how these factors relate to, and inform, the meaning of ‘community’ for this migrant group. The study suggests that rather than a homogenous group which can be neatly described as the Polish community in Glasgow, there is a plurality of Polish migrant communities within the city. Each of these communities varies in its cohesiveness and strength in terms of relationships within the community and obligations to other Polish migrant groups, for some relations with other Poles are primarily confined to a personal network of friends and family and do not include the wider community. For more on Polish migrants living in Glasgow, see the Polish Cultural Festival Association (n.d.).

Bibliographic reference:

Pietka, E. (2011) Encountering Forms of Co-ethnic Relations: Polish Community in Glasgow. Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny, Vol.37(1), pp.129–151.








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