Transnational orientation, Cosmopolitanism and Integration among Albanian-origin teenagers in Tuscany

Vathi, Zana (2013) Transnational orientation, Cosmopolitanism and Integration among Albanian-origin teenagers in Tuscany. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. ISSN 1369-183X

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Abstract

Research on transnationalism and integration is increasingly focusing on the intersections between the two concepts and the associated practices. However, the debate has been mostly polarised around country of origin versus host country culture and migrants belongingness. Related to this, the theoretical framework is constructed around the analysis of the co-existence or exclusiveness of transnational engagement and double-belongingness with integration. This paper explores the integration strategies of Albanian-origin teenagers in Tuscany and the relationship between their transnational orientations and integration strategies. Findings show that both the social and cultural institutions and the localities where these teenagers refer to in their integration discourse go beyond their country of origin and receiving countrys frameworks. Firstly, there is a trans-local dimension in their references to Florence, Prato and Tuscany and the place of their parental origin in Albania, as opposed to country of reception and that of origin as wholes. Furthermore, their views and perceptions of integration seem to be informed by universal institutions related to youth culture and appear as containing a strong cosmopolitan orientation both conceptually and spatially.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Zana Vathi
Date Deposited: 01 May 2013 08:27
Last Modified: 01 May 2013 08:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37532
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