Sociologie Românească, Vol. IV, no. 1/2006, pp. 77-91.
Sisteme de migrație internațională. Între teorie și realitate socială
Systems of international migration between theory and social reality
Ruxandra Oana Ciobanu
Abstract (Rezumat în limba engleză): The article was triggered by a methodological question: Which is the moment in a research when the hypothesis are elaborated: before leaving in the fieldwork, or in the contact with the social reality? In other words, the article analyses the interplay between the social reality and the appearance of a new theory and focuses on three approaches in the study of migration: system theory, social networks, and transnational migration. Having this as a starting point and an analysis of the Romanian migration, the article builds a scheme of analysis, that, as I will show along the article, is mainly based on social networks theory.