Working Paper

"No Pizza without Migrants": Between the Politics of Identity and Transnationalism: Second-Generation Italians in Switzerland

Published 1 January 2005 / By Susanne Wessendorf

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Introduction

This paper discusses the interrelationship between transnationalism and integration among the second-generation. With the example of post-war Italian labour migration to Switzerland, it engages with different reactions of the second-generation to political and economic insecurity during childhood and adolescence and, at the same time, strong transnational family networks. By bridging theories of integration and transnationalism, it highlights the interrelationships of political exclusion, discrimination, transnational social networks and identity formation, and it shows the different ways in which the second generation creates new identities and ways of belonging.

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