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Breaking with tradition through cultural con-tinuity. Gender and generation in a migratory setting

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  • Deianira Ganga

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    (HERMES, European Researchers for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Via Masaniello 1, 91011 Alcamo (TP), Italy.)

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    The process of intergenerational transmission is the site of contrasts and negotiations. Within families of Italian origin in the United Kingdom, the gender-specific roles and social control of patriarchal families are enduring, particularly for second and third generation women. Through the years, however, this cultural phenomenon has undergone impor-tant transformations. On the surface, tradition is maintained by the appearance of a compliant acceptance of long-dated views. In reality, second generation mothers support their daughters’ wishes of independence. Consequently, long-established roles - fundamental to the cultural survival of the community - continue being displayed so, safeguarding the symbolic continuation of tradition.

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    Article provided by Transnational Press London, UK in its journal Migration Letters.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
    Pages: 41-52

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    Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:4:y:2007:i:1:p:41-52

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    Keywords: cultural transmission; family; gender roles; Italian; patriarchal values; second generation;

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