Multiple Belongings and Compound Identities in a North American Context. Explorations Starting from the Migratory Trajectory of Four Young People in Southern Guanajuato

  • Ana Vila Freyer Universidad de Guanajuato
Keywords: migratory trajectory, multiple belongings, compound identity, assimilation, trans-nationalism, North America,

Abstract

This article analyzes the migratory trajectory of four young people from Guanajuato based on the notion of a compound identity, which emerges from the concept of multiple belongings proposed by Amin Maalouf. The author uses this notion to put forward the idea that the perspectives that emphasize assimilation or trans-nationalism do not help explain the return process of a generation of young people who grew up under irregular circumstances in the United States and was forced to return to Mexico. She proposes that the North American region is generating compound identities that allow migrants and their children to belong to multiple cultures, territories, and jobs that facilitate these young people’s resilience in their life cycles.

Author Biography

Ana Vila Freyer, Universidad de Guanajuato
Profesora Asociada
Departamento de Estudios Culturales, Demográficos y Políticos
División de Ciencias Sociales y Administrativas
Universidad de Guanajuato, Campus Celaya-Salvatierra

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Published
2017-09-26
How to Cite
Vila Freyer, A. (2017). Multiple Belongings and Compound Identities in a North American Context. Explorations Starting from the Migratory Trajectory of Four Young People in Southern Guanajuato. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 12(1), 53-78. https://doi.org/10.20999/nam.2017.a002
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