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Growing up in England and Italy: Young people's narratives of Identity and Migration

Objective



Research objectives and content:

How do young people construct their identities in today's Europe, in a context of high uncertainty and with no established "rites of passage" to mark the transition to adulthood? I want to address this question through a cross-national study of two European countries, England and Italy, and by focussing on the case-study of migration, which is going to be an increasingly common reality for young people across Europe. The issues of individual change and interaction with the other that are fundamental to the definition of identity are accentuated by the experience of migration. Through the adoption of a "self+other" model, I intend to study identity in a relational view, seeing how far migrating involves acquiring new dimensions, becoming le to live between different worlds. With an ethnographic investigation, based on the joint application of diary+interview, I aim to empower participants to describe themselves in their own words, reflecting primarily on their most significant relationships and their lived experience of migration.

Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)

I believe that with my PhD at Cambridge I will receive the training for carrying out research in a |cross-national perspective.

Links with industry / industrial relevance (22):

My sampling will involve making contact with local firms in the two countries, for getting access to their employees.

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