"We look similar and have the same geographical origin": translocal encounters of second-generation Eritreans with a new generation of refugees from Eritrea

Graf, Samuel; Thieme, Susan (2016). "We look similar and have the same geographical origin": translocal encounters of second-generation Eritreans with a new generation of refugees from Eritrea. Geographica Helvetica, 71(4), pp. 331-340. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/gh-71-331-2016

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This article addresses the encounters of second-generation Eritreans with a new generation of refugees from Eritrea in Switzerland and identifies two main types of encounter: direct personal encounters and indirect in the public discourse. It suggests that the recently arrived Eritrean refugees present a new actor within the translocal social field with whom the second-generation Eritreans have to renegotiate their relation. We argue that these encounters frame the second-generation Eritreans' positionality within the translocal social field and influence their identity and their affiliation towards Eritrea and Eritreans. We find that encounters between second-generation Eritreans and new Eritrean arrivals are crucial moments through which second-generation Eritreans form their hybrid identity. Thus, the paper contributes to the debate on identity formation of the second generation by adopting a translocal perspective and provides insights into the diversity in the Eritrean diaspora in Switzerland.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development

UniBE Contributor:

Thieme, Susan

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0016-7312

Publisher:

Copernicus Publications

Language:

English

Submitter:

Florian Dolder

Date Deposited:

14 Sep 2018 10:39

Last Modified:

14 Sep 2018 10:39

Publisher DOI:

10.5194/gh-71-331-2016

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119290

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119290

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