Performing new identities: the community language of post-crisis Italian migrants in London

Cacciatore, F. and Pepe, G. 2019. Performing new identities: the community language of post-crisis Italian migrants in London. National Identities . 21 (5), pp. 507-526. https://doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2018.1505840

TitlePerforming new identities: the community language of post-crisis Italian migrants in London
TypeJournal article
AuthorsCacciatore, F. and Pepe, G.
Abstract

After the 2008 global crisis, Italy has experienced a relevant resumption of emigration. Tens of thousands of young Italians have chosen London as their favourite destination, giving rise to a new Italian community in the city. This article focuses on the transformation of migrants’ national identity and on a distinctive device of identity expression: language. Sample cases, extracted from a dataset collected for an original doctoral project, are used to explain how the insertion of English elements in speakers’ native language become the expression of the loss of pure national identity and of the renegotiation of transnational and migratory identities.

KeywordsItalian migration
Italian national identity
transnationalism
translanguaging
London
JournalNational Identities
Journal citation21 (5), pp. 507-526
ISSN1460-8944
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2018.1505840
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14608944.2018.1505840
Publication dates
Published online21 Sep 2018
Published in print2019

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