In this article two therapeutic encounters with Latin-American minors are discussed in an anthropological perspective. The author moves from the critic to the essentialist interpretation of culture and drives the discourse from considering the minors as "foreigners" to considering them as "migrants", showing that they are involved, as well as their parents, in a creative and contractual process of re-thinking their identity. In order to discuss this topic and to put it in relation with the therapeutic encounter, the author analyses three issues: the manifold concept of family, the role played by imagination in the construction of migrants’ identities and the gender roles in Latin-American cultures. The author concludes with some considerations about the premature ending of the two children’s therapy.
Keywords: Anthropology, ethno-psychoanalysis, migration, imagination, gender roles, Latin-American cultures