Transnational mobility desires and discourses: young people from return-migrant families negotiate intergenerationality, mobility capital and place embeddedness
In this seminar Dr Caitríona Ní Laoire, UCC will draw on research conducted over ten years with young adults who migrated to Ireland as children with their return-migrant parents during the Celtic Tiger period.
She will explore how, as young adults, they envisage and navigate their unfolding im/mobility pathways. In a context where transnational mobility experience is highly valued and celebrated, they draw on their mobility capital as former migrants to self-position as knowledgeable mobile subjects. However, precisely because of their personal and family mobility resources, their engagements with discourses of hypermobility are selective – simultaneously claiming the cultural capital of transnational mobility and de-fetishising it by producing grounded interpretations that value place embeddedness.
The paper sheds light on some of the tensions of contemporary youth mobilities in contexts of globalisation, uncertainty and migration.
Geography Seminar Caitríona Ní Laoire Transnational mobility desires and discourses
Geography Seminar Series 2018-2019 v12