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

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

Reynolds, Tracey ORCID: 0000-0002-9618-6318 and Zontini, Elisabetta (2017) Mapping the role of ‘transnational family habitus’ in the lives of young people and children. Global Networks: A journal of transnational affairs, 18 (3). pp. 418-436. ISSN 1470-2266 (Print), 1471-0374 (Online) (doi:

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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 of migrant background are ‘doing families’ transnationally. Drawing on over a decade long cumulative research on Caribbean and Italian families in the UK, as well as on a new joint research project, the article firstly investigates the opportunities and consequences of a transnational family habitus on family arrangements, kinship relationships and identity within a transnational context. Secondly, it analyses the role of these young people’s structural location in Britain in shaping the boundaries of their transnational family habitus. We argue that a transnational family habitus should be seen as an asset, which 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 habitus.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transnational family habitus; Transnational children and young people; Caribbean and Italian families; Identities; Social divisions; Inclusions/exclusions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Applied Sociology Research Group
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
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Last Modified: 13 Dec 2020 00:52
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 5
Selected for REF2021: REF 5

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