Through a series of meetings with children belonging to the so-called "second generation of migrants", the specific difficulties encountered in the construction of their identities on the border between two cultures are examined. The rupture of their cultural background causes the rupture of their basic sense of identity: we can see the traces of profound transgenerational fractures and examine the troubled routes that these children must take in order to construct their own sense of identity in an uncertain, unstable cultural borderland. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of the unconscious family ties of these children, for whom their own origin becomes a site of conflict as well as an object to decipher. The specific difficulties in recognizing and representing one’s own genealogy and belonging and their effects on narcissistic structure are also examined.
Keywords: Cultural identity, transgenerational conflict, origin, narcissistic contract.