Homosexuality elsewhere: young migrants, sexuality and transcultural identity strategies

Giuseppe Masullo
Abstract:
The article focuses on young people of foreign origin in Italy, analysing in particular the experiences of those of a homosexual orientation. Starting from a theoretical reflection that takes into account the various possible statuses expressing young migrants situation, we will analyse the complexities that arise in terms of identity for young foreigners who, when living their sexuality, relate both with the cultural standards of the country of origin (often homophobic and repressive) and with those of the host country, in which they can instead intercept new opportunities to express themselves and their desires. The core idea is to verify the means through which they manage these contrasts, aiming at empirically outlining the strategies of behaviour, thus increasing the understanding of the ongoing processes of social and cultural integration.

Keywords:
homosexuality; young North African foreigners; Italy; identity strategies; integration

Full text available in PDF: Academicus-MMXV-12-120-133.pdf

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.medra.org/10.7336/academicus.2015.12.07

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