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Поглед върху процесите на интеграция и конструиране на идентичност на юноши от имигрански произход в общество приемник
Consideration of the Processes of Integration and Building of the Identity of Teenagers of Immigrant Parentage in the Receiving Society

Author(s): Valentina Sharlanova
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The article dwells on the problems, accompanying the processes of building of the identity of immigrant children, a second generation in the context of immigration, in a situation of the meeting of two different cultures and family systems: those of the society of origin and of the receiving society. These processes are highly topical in the contemporary world undergoing globalisation and thousands of Bulgarian children, born and having grown up away from their homeland after the emigration of their parents have also become affected by them during the past decade. The study has been based on the example of children of immigrants from the Magreba countries – Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria - in a traditional receiving country like France, where during the last forty years, as a result of the decolonisation of these countries this population has turned into a social phenomenon and a new generation has come onto the social stage. What has been discussed is the role of the type of family system of the community, as well as the three basic factors for the socialisation and integration of the young people: the school, the family and the street. The differences have been pointed out in the process of formation of the identity and the integration in the cases of girls and of boys. Place has been assigned in the article to the role of the basic elements of culture i.e. language and religion – for the structuring of the identity of the young. Three types of attitude have also been outlined of these young peole to integration the French way, and the role has been pointed out of the associations and the sports clubs as sources of identity and a means of integration into the receiving society. Data and investigations of leading French scholars as well as the author’s direct observations in the 1990-1997 period in France have been used in the composition of the article.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 48-65
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian