9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS10 Socio-Anthropology of Trans-national Migrations and Migrants' Families

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Growing Up in a Migrant Family: Children and Teenagers Building II, C2.05

Identifications and consumption styles among young people with immigrant origins in Italy

The future of "second" and "third" generations is one of the main topics of research of immigration studies. Since the second half of the last century, the optimistic idea of a straightforward and unproblematic integration of teenage children of immigrants has given way to more complex analysis. The straight line that was supposed to characterise the assimilation process increasingly shows to be a bumpy one, which produces uncertain results: "ethnic" differences do not fade and do not disappear, on the contrary, they are preserved, sometimes resurfacing in new forms, and their "assimilation" can fail, creating new forms of marginality and uncertainty.
In this presentation we would like to show the results of a recent research about identifications and consumptions of young people with immigrant origins in Milan. The aim of the research was to look into the processes whereby both collective identifications and consumption styles or tastes are constructed in a complex and varied way among the children of immigrants. This allows them to use identifications and cultural references in a more flexible and blurred way even if socio-economic background and family's cultural capital can influence their choices.