Rosa Scardigno, Sara Pastore, Giuseppe Mininni

The mixed family as a discursive melting pot of cultures

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Keywords: Mixed Family; Culture; Identity; Social-Epistemic Rhetoric.

From the social psychology perspective, the mixed family represents an interesting observatory of migratory phenomena as it reveals all those processes which are involved while the identity of everyone's subjectivity is created by a wider system of practices and intersubjective relationships. Being aware of the existent and complex interpretative challenges triggered by these processes, in this work - and in line with the literature on the above mentioned subject - we decided to highlight only the most significant aspects of the discursive construction involved in the dynamics of parental couples when transmitting their cultural identity to the children, where with cultural identity we mean identity, role and communication aspects. As a result of the analysis of the life stories of five mixed-race families involved in this study, it came out that the complex ambivalence related to the psychosocial dynamics of «losing» and «gaining», which are typical in every intercultural exchange, is based on the socio-epistemic rhetoric of «distinction», «research», and «ambivalence».

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