Special Issue "The Identity Achievement in Migrant Adolescents Living in Contexts of Ethnic Ghettoization: The Role of Family and Social Context"

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Fermani
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Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, University of Macerata, Macerata 62100, Italy
Interests: identity achievement; sustainable tourism; gender differences; inclusion; family relations
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Dr. Ilaria Riccioni
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Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, University of Macerata, 62100 Macerata, Italy
Interests: communication; pragmatics; psycholinguistics; pragma-linguistic and relational dimensions of talk in interaction; discourse analysis; epistemic stance; scientific writing
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Dr. Ramona Bongelli
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Department of Political Science, Communication and International Relations, University of Macerata, 62100 Macerata, Italy
Interests: communication; health; pragmatics; psychology; relation between language and cognitive processes; scientific writing; uncertainty communication
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue “Identity Achievement in Migrant Adolescents Living in Contexts of Ethnic Ghettoization: The Role of Family and Social Context” focuses on the interrelation between psychological, social, and contextual factors, including gender and social equality.

The impact of context on identity development during adolescence was overlooked for a long time, since identity was primarily conceptualized as an intrapersonal attribute. Recently, social psychology has highlighted the role of person–context interactions in the identity formation process. The adolescent’s identity achievement is a complex task, even more so if they are migrants living in a particular context of ethnic ghettoization. The process of acculturation, which includes behavioral orientation, values, and identification, becomes more complex among migrant adolescents, since the destination context involves potentially new cultural components. Adolescents’ attempts to explore different alternatives are occasionally impeded by familial obligations or by the prejudices of the host society. The difficulties related to inclusion and migration processes experienced during adolescence impact people’s later life, often causing personal, mental, and social problems such as aggressive behavior or deviance, anxiety, depression, stress, decreased self-esteem or satisfaction for life, and social exclusion. Most research on migrant adolescents emphasizes family ethnic socialization as the primary influence of ethnic identity; both parental child-rearing style and parental cultural socialization contribute to the identity and adaptation of migrant adolescents.

Thus, this Special Issue aims to collect articles that focus on the importance of individual and personal factors, as well as of proximal social relations in the context (specifically when the environment is characterized by social distance), in identity achievement. The invited contributors are asked to provide novel perspectives on contemporary research approaches in the field of risky and problem behaviors in migrant adolescents. The topics should be focused on the roles of family, school, peers, the media, and/or leisure activities. The invited contributors should aim to provide insights into recent advances in research on migrant adolescents. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches and methods are welcomed.

Contributions must follow one of the three categories (article/review/conceptual paper) of papers for the journal and address the topic of the Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Fermani
Dr. Ilaria Riccioni
Dr. Ramona Bongelli
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • adolescence
  • identity migrants
  • gender
  • person–context interaction
  • parent attachment
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • deviance
  • life satisfaction
  • self-esteem
  • values

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The Third Transitional Identity of Migrant Adolescents. The Case of Hotel House, an Italian Multi-Ethnic Skyscraper-Ghetto
Societies 2021, 11(2), 51; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/soc11020051 - 25 May 2021
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The adolescent’s identity achievement is a complex task, even more so if they are migrants living in a particular context of ethnic ghettoization. Hotel House is an enormous, isolated condominium situated on the outskirts of Porto Recanati, a small Italian town. It is [...] Read more.
The adolescent’s identity achievement is a complex task, even more so if they are migrants living in a particular context of ethnic ghettoization. Hotel House is an enormous, isolated condominium situated on the outskirts of Porto Recanati, a small Italian town. It is a unique reality poorly studied from a social psychological perspective. The present paper aims to measure the perceived levels of self-concept clarity, self-determination, ethnic group identification, relationship with parents, depression and life satisfaction in a group of 91 adolescents (11–19 years; 30% females; 1.5 immigrant’s generation) living in this context. The analysis shows low levels of self-concept clarity and self-determination, especially in female adolescents, quite satisfactory relationships with their parents and medium levels of group identification and life satisfaction. The identification with their ethnic subgroups seems to provide a third transitional identity which works as a temporary link between native country values and host country values. The regression analysis shows significant associations: self-determination is negatively associated with depression and positively associated with the perception of life satisfaction; the father’s closeness is a negative predictor for depression and a positive predictor for life satisfaction; mother’s closeness is negatively associated with depression. Full article
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