London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Identity construction among the Albanian immigrant students of pre-primary and primary age and the parents' strategies of social inclusion: an ethnographic approach

Author(s) Michail, D.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
The paper addresses the issue of identity construction and performative belonging of Albanian immigrant children of pre-primary and primary age. It is based on extensive fieldwork conducted among Albanian families. We are particularly interested in Albanian parents' perceptions of the host country's social and institutional environment and how these have affected the way they deal with matters of education, culture, ethnicity, and identity formation. Our analysis is ethnographic and uses some of the analytical tools offered by Ogbu's cultural-ecological theory of minority status and school performance. Either in support of his theory or challenging it, the paper is an attempt to explain the way Albanian immigrants in Greece view issues of education, language, culture, social mobility and inclusion.

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