Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Claudio Bolzman, Laura Bernardi, Jean-Marie Le Goff
    Pages 1-21 Open Access
  3. Comparison as Key Methodological Tool and Challenging Perspective in the Study of the Children of Migrants

  4. Life Course Perspective and Mixed-Methods Approaches in the Study of Children of Migrants

  5. The Biography and the Identity of Immigrant Descendants as a Negotiation Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Rosa Aparicio, Andrés Tornos
      Pages 215-230 Open Access
  6. Transnational Approach and Children of Migrants: Beyond Methodological Nationalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Valentina Mazzucato, Ernestina Dankyi, Miranda Poeze
      Pages 269-284 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 285-287

About this book


This open access wide-ranging collation of papers examines a host of issues in studying second-generation immigrants, their life courses, and their relations with older generations. Tightly focused on methodological aspects, both quantitative and qualitative, the volume features the work of authors from numerous countries, from differing disciplines, and approaches. A key addition in a corpus of literature which has until now been restricted to studying the childhood, adolescence and youth of the children of immigrants, the material includes analysis of longitudinal and transnational efforts to address challenges such as defining the population to be studied, and the difficulties of follow-up research that spans both time and geographic space.   In addition to perceptive reviews of extant literature, chapters also detail work in surveying the children of immigrants in Europe, the USA, and elsewhere. Authors address key questions such as the complexities of surveying each generation in families where parents have migrated and left children in their country of origin, and the epistemological advances in methodology which now challenge assumptions based on the Westphalian nation-state paradigm. The book is in part an outgrowth of temporal factors (immigrants’ children are now reaching adulthood in more significant numbers), but also reflects the added sophistication and sensitivity of social science surveys. In linking theoretical and methodological factors, it shows just how much the study of these second generations, and their families, can be enriched by evolving methodologies.
This book is open access under a CC BY license. 

This is the best book we have about the methodology to conduct research on the second generation or the children of immigrants and their integration in the countries they reside. Claudio Bolzman, Laura Bernardi and Jean-Marie Le Goff have convened a large number of renowned scholars from different countries to reflect on the life course perspective, the use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and the transnational approach.

Prof. Rafael Alarcón Acosta, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. 


Intergenerational relations Intergenerational transfer behaviour Life Course Migration Multicultural socialization Religious identity Research methods Second generation Young people from immigrant background Open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudio Bolzman
    • 1
  • Laura Bernardi
    • 2
  • Jean-Marie Le Goff
    • 3
  1. 1.National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES - Overcoming Vulnerabilty: Life course perspectives (NCCR LIVES)University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western SwitzerlandGenèveSwitzerland
  2. 2.National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES - Overcoming Vulnerability: Life course perspectives (NCCR Lives)University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES - Overcoming Vulnerability: Life course perspectives (NCCR Lives)University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-1139-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-1141-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-7776
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-7784
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