Mapping the role of ‘transnational family habitus’ in the lives of young people and children

Zontini, Elisabetta and Reynolds, Tracey (2017) Mapping the role of ‘transnational family habitus’ in the lives of young people and children. Global Networks . ISSN 1471-0374

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Abstract

In this article, we develop the concept of ‘transnational family habitus’ as a theoretical tool for making sense of the ways in which children and young people from a migrant background are ‘doing families’ transnationally. Drawing on over a decade of cumulative research on Caribbean and Italian families in the UK, as well as on a new joint research project, we first investigate the opportunities and consequences of a transnational family habitus on family arrangements, kinship relationships and identity within a transnational context. Second, we analyse the role of these young people's structural location in Britain in shaping the boundaries of their transnational family habitus. We argue that one should see a transnational family habitus as an asset that can potentially disrupt conventional understandings of belonging and processes of inclusion and exclusion. However, we also detail how social divisions of class, race, and increasingly migration status, shape such a habitus.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: ZONTINI, E. and REYNOLDS, T. (2017), Mapping the role of ‘transnational family habitus’ in the lives of young people and children. Global Networks, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glob.12185. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Caribbean and Italian families; identities; inclusions/exclusions; transnational children and young people; transnational family habitus; social divisions
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12185
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 14:01
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 05:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48656

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