Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography

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Co-editors: Tim Bunnell and Lu Xi Xi

Impact Factor: 1.085

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 45/77 (Geography)

Online ISSN: 1467-9493

SJTG Lectures


Transnational Knowledge, the Second Generation and Social Mobility in the Diaspora

Date and time: Wednesday 27 August 2014, Session 3 (14:40 to 16:20)
Location: Ondaatje Theatre, RGS-IBG, London

Keynote speaker: Professor Philip Kelly (York University, Canada)

Transnational Knowledge, the Second Generation and Social Mobility in the Diaspora Second generation youth (the children of immigrants) may never have visited the place that their parents see as the ‘homeland’. Yet, they access knowledge of that country as it circulates both within diasporic communities and more broadly in their 'host' societies. This knowledge is co-produced in all sorts of ways, through media and online representations, educational curricula, personal research and exploration, advocacy campaigns, cultural production and stories retold. But does this knowledge perhaps have implications beyond just creating an imaginary of a distant diasporic place of origin? Working at the borders of economic, cultural and social geography, and drawing on recent scholarship on the immigrant second generation, I will suggest that such knowledge can contribute to the patterns of intergenerational social mobility and class reproduction in immigrant communities. Using the case of Filipino immigrants and their (adult) children in Canada, I will ask how knowledge of the Philippines is shaped; how identification with a distant place might influence educational and employment trajectories in the second generation; and how interventions to shape this knowledge might improve material outcomes for diasporic youth.

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