9th Conference European Sociological Association

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

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Growing Up in Migrant Family: Youths Building II, C2.05

How Young Romanians and Maroccans in Northern Italy use Social Capital

We are facing dynamic and demanding young generations of migrant's origin conscious of the lack of social recognition regarding their own potentiality. In such a frame, understanding how they value and use their Social Capital appears as a key issue. Three main issues are addressed in this paper: 1) how youngs use and perceive family's social capital, 2) what personal strategies do they adopt to convert family and community's networks in other forms of capital, 3) how do they promote the spill-over effect from bonding to bridging social capital.
Evidence of our research based on an enquiry in three towns and provinces in the Veneto Region (57 in-depth interviews) show that youngs are active agents in the production of their own social capital.