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A postmodern migrant subjectivity: Reading Italian-Canadianness, reading Breaking the Mould
A postmodern migrant subjectivity: Reading Italian-Canadianness, reading Breaking the Mould

Author(s): Clara Sacchetti
Subject(s): Migration Studies, Inter-Ethnic Relations
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Migrant subjectivity; Italian-Canadianness; multiculturalism;

Summary/Abstract: This article ethnographically explores the ways in which members of an Italian studies book club in the small north-western Ontario (Canada) city of Thunder Bay express their migrant subjectivity by and through a discussion of Penny Petrone‟s memoir, Breaking the Mould. It is framed within a postmodern frame-work that draws attention to how people engage with a local discourse of Italian-Canadianness grounded on notions of homeland, heritage culture, and selfhood and challenged by notions of gender, immigrant generational position, and socio-economic class. It draws attention to the problematic of identity and highlights how vexation, tension, contradiction, rupture, and contestation is part and parcel of an Italian-Canadian migrant subjectivity in Thunder Bay and part and parcel of migrant subjectivity more generally.

  • Issue Year: 8/2011
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 89-97
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English