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Returning home: Case study of travelling for work from Czechoslovakia in times of socialism



Rok publikování 2018
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Cogent Social Sciences
Klíčová slova place attachmentlife storycommunist eraCzechoslovakia
Popis It is not a new concept to live and enjoy family life in one place and work somewhere else. Travelling to get to one´s place of work and living part-time away from one´s place of residence is still a lifestyle many choose. During the Communist era in Czechoslovakia many men were leaving their families to work abroad. The struggle to get to the place of work was incomparable to the way it is now. This article presents the story of a man who had been working abroad (in democratic countries such as Germany and Austria) for years and always chose to return home, to a country full of restrictions (Czechoslovakia). The theoretical part will explain the theory of place attachment and provide a historical context for the empirical part. The empirical part represents an insight into life, travel, and work in the Communist era in Czechoslovakia. The purpose of this article is to provide a psychological point of view to labor migration and most importantly an explanation of a desire to return home despite the socialist regime. The focus is on the place attachment theory and an individual case study relating to international labor migration, put in a historical context.

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