Duality and diversity in the lives of immigrant children: rethinking the "problem of the second generation" in light of immigrant autobiographies
Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
325 - 343
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In light of immigrant autobiographies written in 20th-century North America, this paper examines the widespread thesis that children of immigrants are caught between their parental community and the host society, and therefore constitute a "problem group." Autobiographies provide a more complex picture than what this model portrays, indicating not just an "ambivalent" existence but also a life imbued with dreams of a new identity. Drawing on Deleuze and Guattari's work on "minor literature," the author suggests that the realization of these dreams is a central aspect of the so-called "problem of the second generation".