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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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‘Troubling’ or ‘ordinary’? Children’s views on migration and intergenerational ethnic identities

‘Troubling’ or ‘ordinary’? Children’s views on migration and intergenerational ethnic identities

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(p.199) Chapter Sixteen ‘Troubling’ or ‘ordinary’? Children’s views on migration and intergenerational ethnic identities
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Family troubles?
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Umut Erel

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.003.0016

This chapter focuses on the experiences of Kurdish and Turkish migrants to London, drawing on the concept of ‘generation work’ to highlight the creation of a ‘third space’ between different generations of migrant family members, with young people actively negotiating and managing such processes. In this space, language is key, not just as a means of communication, but also as a symbol and metaphor for cultural differences, imbued with varied emotions. Rather than framing these young people’s experiences through the widely used notion of ‘cultural conflict’, it draws out the complexity of their migration experiences and positioning, which cannot easily be categorized as troubled or not.

Keywords:   Family, Children, Migration, Culture, Trouble

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