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Diasporic identity and orientation to co-development : a survey on foreign students attending the University of Pisa

Diapora-Identität und Orientierung zur Ko-Entwicklung : eine Befragung von ausländischen Studierenden an der Universität von Pisa
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Tomei, Gabriele

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Corporate Editor Universität Bielefeld, Fak. für Soziologie, Centre on Migration, Citizenship and Development (COMCAD)
Abstract "Strength of ties and amplitude/ frequency of contacts with other natives (living at home and/or abroad), are generally considered the main proxy indicators of a transnational structuration of migrant groups and the principal evidences of a Diaspora. Despite of this evidence, there are (at least) other three cultural and sociological conditions that make this outcomes possible or not: (i) belonging of the migrant group members to a wider transnational network, (ii) sharing a common sense of community with its members, (iii) participating with a common project that involve all the community. The paper discusses the main outputs of an on-line survey between young foreigners attending the University of Pisa, with the aim to investigate how 'sense of community' (McMillan and Chavis, 1986), 'social capital' (Van der Gaag-Snijders, 2004) and co-development orientation between members of the same ethnic groups (living in Italy or abroad), could help researcher to identify, conceptualize and measure everyday and informal transnational relationship becoming to a new definition of the concept of Diaspora (Cohen, 1997; Cohen, Vertovec, 1999)." (author's abstract)
Keywords identity; orientation; student; alien; university; Italy; studies (academic); diaspora; ethnic group; migration
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Bielefeld
Page/Pages 25 p.
Series COMCAD Working Papers, 59
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
data provider This metadata entry was indexed by the Special Subject Collection Social Sciences, USB Cologne