LAUM / IIAC – Paris, France
Véronique Bontemps is researcher at the CNRS, member of the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Urbanités Mondialisations-Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Anthropologie du Contemporain (LAUM-IIAC). Her PhD focused on heritage and identity issues, through ethnography of the everyday life of soap-factories in Nablus (West Bank). She is currently working on the experiences of border crossing in the Near East, specifically between Palestine/Israel and Jordan. Her main interest so far has been on the crossing of the Allenby Bridge on the Jordan River between the West Bank and Jordan, as well as transborder family relations.
As part of the LAJEH project, she will study several Palestinian and Jordanian family networks spreading over the West Bank, Jordan and other countries in the region. She will specifically work on the questions of mobility within family solidarity networks. The first focus will be on the circulation of persons and goods within family members, in order to analyse both the economic and identy dimensions of familial relationships (e.g. from the bottle of olive oil to capital transfer). On the other hand, she aims to study the constraints historically imposed by identity and travel documents upon the moblity of these indivuals as well as the possible use they can make of it (or not) within familial strategies.
mobility, transnationalism, family networks, identity, familial economies