9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN30 Youth and Generation

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Ethnic Youth Building II, B2.02

Second-Generation Immigrants: Prejudice and Relationships with Institutions

The presence of second-generation immigrants in a country is an indication of lasting immigration and of an irreversible process of cultural change. Immigration is often perceived as a resource, and the fact that whole families remain in our country is seen by the local community as a possibility for growth and cultural exchange. However, immigration is sometimes seen as a threat, a condition that involves unrest and dissatisfaction for which local people and immigrants are both responsible.
In fact, it is possible to note a strain of prejudice that persists in native-immigrant relationships. This feeling precludes the way for a multicultural society and arises from cultural and linguistic misunderstandings.
Second-Generation immigrants form an unintentional generation, suspended between a sense of belonging and extraneity. Differently than adults, their first request is not a house or a job but to be accepted by society.
Finally the most relevant problem, in our analysis, is that second-generation children and young people often suffer troubles due to attitudes of prejudice feelings or the exaggerated indulgence of citizens and social workers.
In order to investigate this aspect of immigration, we aim to produce an ermeneutic reading of 25 life-stories of young second-generation immigrants that live in the town of Catania. The dimensions explored will be prejudice and relationships in educational and juridical institutions.