Aphra Kerr, Rebecca King-O’Riain and Gavan Titley

This chapter examines media and communication practices in terms of a broader conception of network capital, whereby mediated resources are deployed in negotiating co-presence relationally between different significant locations. Even in the digital age, the satellite dish remains emblematic of transnational media use, and also symbolic of degrees of integration and orientation to the 'host' society. For some respondents, Polish satellite services such as Cyfra+ held strong class connotations, and featured as markers of negative distinction, that is, of immigrants who were not making an effort to 'integrate'. Assessments of, and involvement in, transnational media are every bit as reflective and ambivalent as those expressed in relation to the Irish, national media sphere. Both Poles and Chinese participants were critical of 'official' and 'commercial' media discourses in transnational media and both sought alternatives in unofficial and personal communicative networks.

in Migrations