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Crossing boundaries: acts of citizenship among migrant youth in Melbourne

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Mansouri, Fethi; Mikola, Maša

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Abstract This paper focuses on how migrant youth in Melbourne with experience of direct or indirect migration negotiate cross-cultural engagements and tensions between family, community and the greater society in which they are supposed to participate as political subjects. It examines whether the meaning and interpretation of citizenship in Australia allows migrant youth to act as full and active citizens with all the contradictions and difficulties inherent in acting as "a bridge between two worlds". By voicing the personalised journeys of young people dealing with uneasy questions of displacement, identity and belonging, this paper examines the complex ways through which migrant youth negotiate and in some cases bridge intercultural tensions within a multicultural society.
Keywords Australia; migrant; adolescent; migration; citizenship; multicultural society; involvement
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; Social Problems; Sociology of the Youth, Sociology of Childhood
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 28-37
Journal Social Inclusion, 2 (2014) 2
Issue topic Migrant youth, intercultural relations and the challenges of social inclusion
ISSN 2183-2803
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution