Growing old in a transnational social field: belonging, mobility and identity among Italian migrants

Zontini, Elisabetta (2014) Growing old in a transnational social field: belonging, mobility and identity among Italian migrants. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38 (2). pp. 326-341. ISSN 1466-4356

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Abstract

This article focuses on ageing in transnationalism. Drawing on the experiences of Italians in the UK as a paradigmatic example of settled European migrants, it explores the lived experiences of this group of older migrants. Using Levitt and Glick Schiller’s framework,it concentrates first on migrants’ways of being and then on their ways of belonging. The article argues that a transnational lens is necessary to understand the experiences of older migrants and that a focus on older people needs to be incorporated into studies of transnationalism. Through a discussion of their narratives and experiences, the article offers a long view on the migration process and brings attention to the significance of gender, time and the life course to understand both migrants’transnationalism and their integration.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/725869
Keywords: ageing; labour migrants; transnationalism; identity; belonging; Italians
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2014.885543
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 13:38
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 16:45
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51772

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