The ltalian-ness is in the family: A critical evaluation of the role of family in constructions of ethnicity and connections to homeland among two cohorts of second generation Italian-Australians

Emanuela Sala

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Abstract

The aim of this thesis (by publication) is to critically examine the role of family in constructions of ethnicity and ties to homeland
among two cohorts of second generation Italian-Australians (post-war; post-1980s). It argues that the family has been taken for granted and under-theorised in migration studies. Applying an ethnographic approach drawing on anthropology, sociology and
psychology, it features family through the concepts of 'intimate culture', 'familial habitus', 'diaspora' and 'ethnic field '. It proposes
that the key symbol of the migrant family should be revalued as an important collectively held trope and distinguishing feature of
ltalianita for the Italian diaspora.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Fozdar, Farida, Supervisor
  • Baldassar, Loretta, Supervisor
Award date23 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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