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Abstract

This study used Photovoice to investigate the perspectives of majority youth in Italy about the immigration and integration processes. The participants were 99 Italian young adults living in two northwestern regions of Italy. Images produced by young adults and subsequent discussion focused on the benefits, challenges and possible solutions to foster intergroup integration. The proposed solutions involved intergroup contact, deepening knowledge of other cultures, and recognition of immigrants’ rights. These solutions demonstrate young adults’ openness toward immigrants and their attitude regarding intercultural integration.

Keywords

Photovoice, Young Adults, Intercultural Integration, Qualitative Methods, Immigration

Author Bio(s)

Nadia Rania is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Genoa, PhD in Research Methods in Human Sciences and Family Mediator. She teaches Qualitative Methods and Psychology of Groups and Community. Furthermore she is a member of the College PhD in Migration and Intercultural Processes. The main research topics in which she is currently involved are: use of qualitative methods (diaries, interviews, photovoice) in different groups and different contexts of research and family intra/intergroups relationships; immigration and acculturation processes; and well-being and quality of life in oncology. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Nadia Rania at, Department of Educational Science, University of Genoa, C.so A. Podestà, 2, 16121, Genoa, Italy; Tel.: +39 010 20953747; Fax: +39 010 20953728; E-mail: nadia.rania@unige.it

Laura Migliorini is an Associate Professor of Social and Community Psychology at the University of Genoa, PhD in Research Methods in Psychology. She teaches Social Psychology and Community Psychology. Furthermore she is a member of the College PhD in Migration and Intercultural Processes. The main research topics in which she is currently involved are: support positive parenthood in social contexts at risk and immigration and acculturation processes.

Paola Cardinali is a psychologist and PhD in Migration and Intergroup Processes. She teaches Groups Psychology at the University of Genoa, where she is involved in many research projects about the topics of family relationships, immigration paths and acculturation processes, well-being and quality of life especially in childhood and adolescence.

Stefania Rebora is a psychologist and PhD student in Migration and Intercultural Processes. Her current themes of research are: parental ethnotheories, immigration and acculturation processes, photovoice, and qualitative methods.

Publication Date

6-8-2015

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