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Growing old in a transnational social field: belonging, mobility and identity among Italian migrants

Zontini, Elisabetta

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This article focuses on ageing in transnationalism. Drawing on the experiences of Italians in the UK as a paradigmatic example of settled European migrants, it explores the lived experiences of this group of older migrants. Using Levitt and Glick Schiller’s framework,it concentrates first on migrants’ways of being and then on their ways of belonging. The article argues that a transnational lens is necessary to understand the experiences of older migrants and that a focus on older people needs to be incorporated into studies of transnationalism. Through a discussion of their narratives and experiences, the article offers a long view on the migration process and brings attention to the significance of gender, time and the life course to understand both migrants’transnationalism and their integration.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies
Print ISSN 0141-9870
Electronic ISSN 1466-4356
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Zontini, E. (in press). Growing old in a transnational social field: belonging, mobility and identity among Italian migrants. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(2), https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2014.885543
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2014.885543
Keywords ageing; labour migrants; transnationalism; identity; belonging; Italians
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2014.885543
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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