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Migrating and Settling in a Mobile World

Albanian Migrants and Their Children in Europe

Authors: Vathi, Zana

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  • ​This open access book contains cross-generational comparative qualitative research with migrants and their minor children
  • Provides qualitative research on the intergenerational transmission of identity, integration and transnational ties
  • Explains identity, integration and transnational ties through the concepts of agency, capital and power
  • Adds to limited research on children and migration and the ‘second-generation’ minors
  • Consists of the first full-length comparative study of the Albanian ‘second generation’
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This open access book draws on award-winning cross-generational research comparing the complex and life-changing processes of settlement among Albanian migrants and their adolescent children in three European cities: London (UK), Thessaloniki (Greece), and Florence (Italy). Building on key concepts from the social sciences and migration studies, such as identity, integration and transnationalism, the author links these with emerging theoretical notions, such as mobility, translocality and cosmopolitanism. Ethnic identities, transnational ties and integration pathways of the youngsters and adults are compared, focusing on intergenerational transmission in particular and recognizing mobility as an inherent characteristic of contemporary lives.

 Departing from the traditional focus on the adult children of settled migrants and the main immigration countries of continental North-Western Europe, this study centres on Southern Europe and Great Britain and a very recently settled immigrant group. The result is an illuminating early look at a second generation “in-the-making”. Indeed, the findings provide ample grounds for pragmatic and forward-looking policy to enable these migrant-origin youngsters, and others like them, to more fully attain their potential.

 The book ends with a call to reassess the term “second generation” as it is currently used in policy and scholarly works. Children of migrants seldom see themselves as a particular and homogeneous group with ethnicity as an intrinsic identifying quality. More importantly, they make use of all the limited resources at their disposal, and view their integration processes through broader geographies – showing sometimes a cosmopolitan orientation, but also using localized reference points, such as the school, city, or urban neighbourhood.

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Zana Vathi's multi-sited ethnography is a must-read for scholars interested in ‘second generation migrants’. She compares the integration pathways of Albanian migrants and their descendants across three cities – London, Thessaloniki and Florence. The result is an original and theoretically stimulating book which sheds new light on this debate.

Janine Dahinden, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-35

    Vathi, Zana

  • Identities of the First and Second Generation: The Role of Ethnicity

    Pages 37-72

    Vathi, Zana

  • Integration: National, City and Local Perspectives

    Pages 73-116

    Vathi, Zana

  • Transnational Ties and Attitudes Towards Return

    Pages 117-148

    Vathi, Zana

  • Intergenerational Transmission of Ethnic Identity, Integration and Transnational Ties

    Pages 149-175

    Vathi, Zana

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-13024-8
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-13023-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $59.99
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  • Due: December 16, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-36635-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Migrating and Settling in a Mobile World
Book Subtitle
Albanian Migrants and Their Children in Europe
Authors
Series Title
IMISCOE Research Series
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-13024-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-13024-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-13023-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36635-7
Series ISSN
2364-4087
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 216
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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