chapter  4
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Fear in the Lawscape

ByAndreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

This chapter focuses on the identities chosen by the children of immigrant parents in Italy, a country where large-scale immigration is a recent phenomena. It draws empirical research into the experiences of young immigrants in Emilia Romagna and the Marche regions of Italy into a larger theoretical context. Immigrants are said to be the post-modern condition yet also its perfect scapegoats. In these debates, in Italy as elsewhere, one term that plays a central role in both political and academic discussion about the implications of immigration is that of the need to successfully 'integrate' immigrant groups. According to the newspaper, Pakistani parents, living in Prato, a medium sized town near Florence with one of the largest proportions of immigrants in the country, had just had their parental rights withdrawn. As Ostberg found the responses to the interview questions showed that most youngsters dealt with their plural identity by opting for cultural behaviours according to the situation or circumstances.