By Paola Rebughini Enzo Colombo
This publication explores the generational adventure of youngsters of immigrants becoming up in an more and more globalized and interconnected international, evaluating the lives of Mediterranean youths with these from the USA and northerly Europe.
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Instead, the capability to switch from one context to another, from a cultural code to another, translating what has been acquired in one context to the constraints and opportunities of a new context, can be considered as a generational skill of ‘late modernity’, more than a competence related to a cultural difference. In this case, the starting point of observation should be the globalization processes, rather than a specific predictable cultural difference. Although the capability to mediate, the coexistence of different cultural codes, choosing from them according to the situation, is probably an indispensable skill for immigrants and their children, these are also skills necessary for everyone in order to move and to adapt to a globalized environment.
In Britain, the situation of immigrants has been characterized by a long history of immigration from Commonwealth countries and by the early onset of racial tension and conflicts, especially in workingclass areas. For example, episodes of ‘race riots’ in Nottingham and London’s Notting Hill in 1958. This racial tension was not ignored by the media and the institutions; on the contrary, the problem was immediately treated as dangerous, following a tradition of government concern for ‘racial harmony’ begun in colonial times (Rich 1986).
Differences remain relevant within the common characteristics and potential skills, regarded as generational references. The capacity to articulate plural references and belonging is becoming a crucial competence of some of the more selected segments of the present generation of the children of immigrants. This is why we have concentrated our in-depth analysis on the children of immigrants whom we can define as a type of potential avant-garde, or even as an active minority. We may say that the concepts of generation unit and avant-garde partially overlap.
Children of Immigrants in a Globalized World: A Generational Experience by Paola Rebughini Enzo Colombo