The Beauty of Unbelonging: Diasporic citizenship and possibilities for social change

By Andrea Dyrness, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

06.03.2014 | Kristian Lindegaard Svendsen

Dato ons 23 apr
Tid 14:00 16:00
Sted Room D120 (Institut for Uddannelse og Pædagogik, AU Campus Emdrup, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Kbh NV)

This presentation presents preliminary findings from an ethnographic research project on the civic identities of young Latin American migrants in Madrid, Spain. Transnational migrants often express that they are caught between two worlds, belonging neither to their new country of settlement nor any longer to their country of origin, even as they are intimately involved with both societies. How does this “double consciousness” affect their developing civic identities and engagement in both societies? Under what conditions does it become a resource for social change? Drawing on concepts of diasporic citizenship (Siu 2005, Ong 1996, Lukose 2007), this research explores these questions with two groups of migrants in Madrid: first- and second-generation immigrant teenagers at an after-school program, and Latin American women involved in a feminist association dedicated to combating gender violence in Latin America and Spain. In these very different contexts, young migrants discussed what it means to be Latino/a and  immigrant in Spain during a time of crisis, and how they struggle to find meaning and create new spaces of belonging for themselves and others.

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