The complex construction of identity in children
In a recent article published open access in the Societies journal, the NEW ABC partners Claudia Vallejo Rubinstein and Valeria Tonioli, from UAB, analyse the linguistic and cultural identities of transnational-background children in Catalonia (Spain). They did this analysis of ethnographic data from children with transnational and ethnic minority backgrounds in Catalonia, Spain, as they participated in a plurilingual and multimodal arts-based biographical activity named “Travelling suitcases”.
This analysis shows that children’s identity constructions fluently intertwine elements from their “home” and “host” languages and cultures with features characteristic of child/youth popular cultures. These hybrid articulations, which usually are plurilingual and transcultural, foreground how identity is both an individual and a social process, transversed by different axes, including cultural and ethnic referents, linguistic repertoires, historic, family and personal trajectories, urban cultures and the influence of friends and peers, among others.
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