The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism
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The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism

Global and Development Perspectives

Edited by Laura Oso and Natalia Ribas Mateos

The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism represents a state-of-the-art review of the critical importance of the links between gender and migration in a globalising world. It draws on original, largely field-based contributions by authors across a range of disciplinary provenances worldwide.
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Chapter 13: Gendered and emotional spaces: Nordic–Hellenic negotiations of ethno-cultural belongingness in narrating segmented selves and diasporic lives of the second generation

Anastasia Christou


Multi-varied mobilities through multiple time-spaces are the quintessential characteristic of our era, and contemporary narrative urban ethnographies reveal the fascinating social interactions that take place in city spaces in everyday life when migrants arrive, settle or simply exist in these locales. Over the last two decades an emergence of intensive research on the second generation in the United States (Portes and Zhou, 1993; Portes,1996; Portes and Rumbaut, 2001; Levitt and Waters, 2002; Kasinitz et al.,2004; Louie, 2006) has also only recently surfaced in Europe (Christou,2006; Potter and Phillips, 2006; Crul, 2007; Wessendorf, 2007; Zontini, 2007; Christou and King, 2010; Baldassar, 2011; Reynolds, 2011; Teerling,2011; Vathi, 2011). Research on the second generation has focused mostly on issues of ‘home’, ‘identity’ and ‘belonging’; all three rather fluid concepts often linked to processes of ‘integration’. All these concepts, from ‘generation’ to ‘integration’, are not only complex, contested and ambiguous but also location specific where specificities of particular societies shape both policy and everyday life of migrants and their descendants.

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