Negotiating Transcultural Lives: Belongings and Social Capital among Youth in Comparative Perspective

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In simple terms, transculturation describes the phenomenon of merging and converging cultures. In societies of the early twenty-first century, transculturation is amplified by communication and transportation technology. Global media conglomerates, the Internet, and air travel are bringing cultures together at an accelerating pace. This reality is especially apparent among young people, who routinely negotiate their position with peers from other cultural and socio-economic ...

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Overview

In simple terms, transculturation describes the phenomenon of merging and converging cultures. In societies of the early twenty-first century, transculturation is amplified by communication and transportation technology. Global media conglomerates, the Internet, and air travel are bringing cultures together at an accelerating pace. This reality is especially apparent among young people, who routinely negotiate their position with peers from other cultural and socio-economic contexts.

In Negotiating Transcultural Lives Dirk Hoeder, Yvonne H├ębert, and Irina Schmitt bring together an international group of scholars to reflect on transculturation in the daily lives of youth. The contributors analyze the life experiences of young people in several societies with emphasis on Europe and Canada. Adopting a comparative perspective, the authors argue that in order to understand the issue of cultural belonging in young people today, it is necessary to examine the broader social and historical context while avoiding mono-cultural assumptions. Ultimately, the goal of the collection is to encourage teachers, social workers, journalists, and the media to recognize and appreciate the diverse cultural perspectives and contributions of contemporary youth.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802094636
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 8/12/2006
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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Dirk Hoeder is a professor in the Department of History at Bremen University.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : transculturation and the accumulation of social capital : understanding histories and decoding the present of young people 11
2 Where do I belong? : integration policy and patterns of identification among migrant youth in three European countries 39
3 Roots of xenophobia and violence against migrants : personality, parents, pedagogues, peers, and emotions 59
4 Transfer and transformation : collective identities and religious belonging of Turkish immigrants in Germany 69
5 New frontiers of identity among young adults of Salvadorian, Chilean, and Vietnamese origin in Montreal 91
6 Transculturalism among Canadian youth : focus on strategic competence and social capital 103
7 Flexible spaces or demarcated turf : young people's views of their lives and belongings in two neighbourhoods in Hamburg, Germany 129
8 Cultural transfer or cultural creation : a case study of students 'issues de l'immigration' in Paris 147
9 Focusing on children and youth : social capital's role in educational outcomes in the context of immigration and diversity 167
10 Social and cultural capital, ethnic identity, and educational qualifications 189
11 Germany speaking? : rap and kanak attack, and dominant discourses on language 213
12 The global and the local in migrants' experiences : multiple social spaces in a long-term perspective 235
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