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Intergenerational transmission of trajectories of suffering in precarious environments : researching the younger generations' strategies of reinterpretation

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Chaieb, Sarra; Schwarz, Christoph H.


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Abstract "This article discusses some pivotal questions regarding processes of the intergenerational transmission of trajectories of suffering in precarious places: to what extent can such processes provide resources that foster agency, and to what extent do they rather constitute barriers to living one's own life? How much do intergenerational relations allow for certain reinterpretations while discouraging or inhibiting others? Which reinterpretations of the older generations' experiences appear legitimate in certain contexts, and which are rebuked by one's social environment? In order to pursue these questions we present analyses of two very different cases that are based on two forms of data material - the life story of Emma, a woman in her 50s, and ethno-analytic group interviews with adolescents aged 14 to 20. Both cases are embedded in very different regional and political contexts: the former, in the French system of fostering institutions, and the latter a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank. Both constitute, however, cases of intergenerational transmission of trajectories of suffering. One objective of this article is to illustrate how the contrasting of such cases across different kinds of data and contexts can be heuristically useful for methodologically gauging the spectrum of the ubiquitous and sometimes paradoxical phenomena of intergenerational transmission, in order to further develop its conceptualization." (author's abstract)
Keywords migration; flight; family; Intergenerational relations; family socialization; identity; narration; interview; biographical method
Classification Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior; Migration, Sociology of Migration; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Free Keywords intergenerational transmission; precarious environments
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 57-77
Journal Zeitschrift für Qualitative Forschung, 15 (2014) 1-2
Issue topic Socialization, family, and gender in the context of migration
ISSN 2196-2146
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications