Questioning identity, belonging and ties across generations. Discussions within the Egyptian community

Journal title MONDI MIGRANTI
Author/s Roberta Ricucci, Manuela Olagnero
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/2
Language English Pages 21 P. 149-169 File size 254 KB
DOI 10.3280/MM2019-002008
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Nowadays more migrant families are putting down roots in Italy: buying houses, investing in their children’s education, making plans for the future in this country. In this backdrop, two generations of parents and children interact and develop specific relations with both countries of residence and country of origin. The paper aims at exploring these issues looking at a community of Egyptians, living in Turin. Starting back in the late ’70s, Egyptians are an interesting case for comparing and contrasting generational perspectives living in Italy in conditions of stable inser-tion. As little attention has been dedicated to this ethnic community from the in-tergenerational perspective in the daily life, we would fit the paper in this broader theoretical framework. We aim at investigating: 1) How they link narration of past transitions to the construction of the present self and 2) How young and older mi-grants form new and/or keep old we-relations along their life trajectories and tran-sitions. Biographical perspective provides a tool to start answering to these re-search questions.

Keywords: Generations, Egyptians, youth, identity, life transitions, migrations.

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Roberta Ricucci, Manuela Olagnero, Questioning identity, belonging and ties across generations. Discussions within the Egyptian community in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 2/2019, pp 149-169, DOI: 10.3280/MM2019-002008