Second generation and migrant capital in the transnational space : The case of young Kurds in France

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Toivanen , M 2019 , ' Second generation and migrant capital in the transnational space : The case of young Kurds in France ' , Social inclusion , vol. 7 , no. 4 , pp. 243-252 . https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v7i4.2328

Title: Second generation and migrant capital in the transnational space : The case of young Kurds in France
Author: Toivanen, Mari
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science
Date: 2019-12-19
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Social inclusion
ISSN: 2183-2803
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309178
Abstract: Transnational ties, networks and mobilities can constitute a social resource for diaspora communities. Resources available as a result of the migration process or transnational ties can potentially become capitalised by diaspora members. Yet, diaspora members cannot automatically capitalise on all transnational networks and ties, but only resources that are mobilisable within particular transnational networks constitute “migrant capital” (Anthias, 2007; Ryan, 2011). Migrants’ children have grown up in transnational social space, in a social setting that is embedded with multiple sets of interconnected networks of social relationships, memberships, identities and mobilities of cross-border character (Levitt, 2009). Little is known on whether such transnational networks function as a mobilisable social resource, i.e. “migrant capital” for the second generation. This study focuses on the transnational ties, practices and mobilities of second-generation Kurds in France and examines whether those constitute a mobilisable resource for them. It specifically asks if second-generation members intent to or have capitalised on such resources in the transnational social space. The study sheds light on the workings of transnational resources in the lives of the second generation and asks about the extent to which they can they be considered to be “migrant capital”. The analysis draws from a qualitative dataset such as interviews and observations collected with second-generation Kurds in France.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
diaspora
France
Kurdish
migrant capital
second generation
transnationalism
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