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Mapping the role of ‘transnational family habitus’ in the lives of young people and children

Zontini, Elisabetta; Reynolds, Tracey

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Tracey Reynolds



Abstract

In this article, we develop the concept of ‘transnational family habitus’ as a theoretical tool for making sense of the ways in which children and young people from a migrant background are ‘doing families’ transnationally. Drawing on over a decade of cumulative research on Caribbean and Italian families in the UK, as well as on a new joint research project, we first investigate the opportunities and consequences of a transnational family habitus on family arrangements, kinship relationships and identity within a transnational context. Second, we analyse the role of these young people's structural location in Britain in shaping the boundaries of their transnational family habitus. We argue that one should see a transnational family habitus as an asset that can potentially disrupt conventional understandings of belonging and processes of inclusion and exclusion. However, we also detail how social divisions of class, race, and increasingly migration status, shape such a habitus.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Global Networks
Print ISSN 1470-2266
Electronic ISSN 1471-0374
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Zontini, E., & Reynolds, T. (in press). Mapping the role of ‘transnational family habitus’ in the lives of young people and children. Global Networks, https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12185
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12185
Keywords Caribbean and Italian families; identities; inclusions/exclusions; transnational children and young people; transnational family habitus; social divisions
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/glob.12185/full
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: ZONTINI, E. and REYNOLDS, T. (2017), Mapping the role of ‘transnational family habitus’ in the lives of young people and children. Global Networks, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glob.12185. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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