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Title:Transnational life course, human development and diverse landscapes of opportunities among young Somali men
Author:Hautaniemi, PetriISNI
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Geographic term:Finland
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol20num1/hautaniemi.pdf
Abstract:It has been argued that being raised in a transnational social environment, second-generation migrants are not only socialized into the local practices of their country of settlement but also into the rules and institutions that characterize their country of origin or the birthplace of their parents. Going beyond this, the author argues that there is a need to explore to what extent this socialization process creates opportunities, and what prospects there are for individuals to make use of them. This article deals with young Somalis who were born in Somalia, but who left the country at an early age and grew up in exile in Finland. More specifically, the article deals with these Somalis' aspirations and opportunities and with the available possibilities to engage with their Somali past within a transnational space of national ties and familial connections. Given that human development and mobility are intrinsically relational in nature, an agency-oriented ethnographic approach is adopted. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]