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Intergenerational Ethnic Identity Construction and Transmission among Italian-Australians

Absence, Ambivalence and Revival

Authors: Marino, Simone

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  • Relies on intense ethnographic fieldwork to examine and map sociocultural practices in Calabrian-Italian communities
  • Bridges primordialist and constructivist approaches to ethnic identity to suggest it can be embodied, transmitted, and consciously acknowledged
  • Develops a holistic understanding ethnic identity that can be broadened and applied to other communities
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This book focuses on the transmission of ethnic identity across three generations of Italian-Australians, specifically Italian-Australians of Calabrian descent in the Adelaide region of Australia. Simone Marino analyzes ethnographic data collected over a three-year period to consider individual, familial and community cultural practices, as well as societal influences on ethnic identity transmission, in order to present generational differences in the understandings of Italian-Australian identity. Among other factors, the role of community events, community networks, and cultural practices associated with being Italian-Australian are examined. The transmission of ethnic identity is analysed through the lens of sociological theories, including Sayad's concept of double absence and Bourdieu's ideas of habitus and cultural capital, and is considered at the macro, meso, and micro spheres of social life. Ultimately, Marino’s study reveals clear generational differences amongst Italian-Australians: the first generation, those who arrived from Italy, manifest a condition of feeling absent, the second generation present a condition of ‘in-between-ness’, between the world of their immigrant parents and that of Australians, and the third generation experience a sense of ethnic revival.

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Simone Marino is Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Italian Language and Culture and Lecturer in Sociology and Migration at the University of South Australia. His research interests include transnational mobilities and identities, multicultural policy and the maintenance and loss of minority languages and ‘cultures’ in multicultural societies.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intergenerational Ethnic Identity Construction and Transmission among Italian-Australians
Book Subtitle
Absence, Ambivalence and Revival
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48145-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48145-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-48144-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 288
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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