Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

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3 October 2018

Aija Lulle - Naming and Migration

Presented By DARG

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The forename is a crucial element of one’s identity and an embodied signifier in migration processes. In this talk I draw on long-term research focusing on migrant mothers’ and children’s own experiences of migration between Finland, Latvia and the UK. Parents and children narrated how satisfied they are with their name in some contexts, while in others there is fear and discomfort in encounters where the name signifies that the child might be a ‘foreigner.’ Naming becomes a boundary work through which to signify a new ‘family-making’ as well as emphasising belonging to certain identities. This boundary also implies a future horizon as it is important for parents to imagine how children would relate to their names throughout the life course in different cultures.

The forename is a crucial element of one’s identity and an embodiedsignifier in migration processes. In this talk I draw on long-term research focusing on migrant mothers’ and children’s own experiences of migration between Finland, Latvia and the UK. Parents and children narrated how satisfied they are with their name in some contexts, while in others there is fear and discomfort in encounters where the name signifies that the child might be a ‘foreigner.’ Naming becomes a boundary work through which to signify a new ‘family-making’ as well as emphasising belonging to certain identities. This boundary also implies a future horizon as it is important for parents to imagine how children would relate to their names throughout the life course in different cultures.

 

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