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Barcelona, networked citizens


SETTLING DOWN IN BARCELONA, WTH LINKS TO YOUR ORIGINS AND OPEN TO THE WORLD: Love, information and financial resources travel through mobile phones, locutorios and the Internet between distant points on the planet, both in real time and intermingled. People can make themselves present and plan their future and that of their family halfway between two or more places, between two or more social scales. This phenomenon, which earlier was only possible in close migrations, such as those that connected Barcelona with inland Catalonia, depends a lot less on distance now thanks to the media.

 
 

The modalities and duration of these transnational connections are variable and their role is different according to the condition and situation of their protagonists. Nevertheless, the existence of these connections does not necessarily limit their implantation in a Barcelona that has become the epicentre of one’s life and a point of anchoring in Catalonia and within other wider sociocultural areas.