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Chinese immigrant youth identities and belonging in Prato, Italy: exploring the intersections between migration and youth studies

Raffaetà, Roberta, Baldassar, Loretta and Harris, Anita 2016, Chinese immigrant youth identities and belonging in Prato, Italy: exploring the intersections between migration and youth studies, Identities: Global studies in culture and power, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 422-437, doi: 10.1080/1070289X.2015.1024128.

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Title Chinese immigrant youth identities and belonging in Prato, Italy: exploring the intersections between migration and youth studies
Author(s) Raffaetà, Roberta
Baldassar, Loretta
Harris, Anita
Journal name Identities: Global studies in culture and power
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 422
End page 437
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1070-289X
1547-3384
Keyword(s) young Chinese
translocal
belonging
identity
second-generation migrants
Prato (Italy)
Summary This article explores the experiences of young people of Chinese background in Prato (Italy). Despite significant social exclusion, young Chinese develop a sense of belonging to Prato by creating local, translocal and transnational affiliations and interconnections. These relationships contribute to making an often overtly hostile local reality, liveable and meaningful. A central aim of this article is to examine the intersection between migration studies and youth studies. The former tend to focus on the processes of identity formation featuring ethnic background, hence the label ‘second generation’. In contrast, the latter tend to foreground age- and generation-specific practices of belonging that may extend beyond ethnic identification, hence the focus on ‘youth’. We argue that bringing migration and youth studies together by complicating notions of home and host, migrant and local identity and belonging helps us to better understand how young people are managing multiplicity and mobility (and situatedness and stasis/fixity).
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1070289X.2015.1024128
Field of Research 1601 Anthropology
2002 Cultural Studies
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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