'It's just a name?' Young people in Canada and Germany discuss 'national' belonging'

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Both Canada and Germany are multi-cultural societies, but with different approaches to this reality. In this chapter, I explore the question of how young people understand and define their social positions, and how much the process is influenced by the societies they live in. I use material from a qualitative research project in one German and one Canadian secondary school. Young people with and without migrant backgrounds shared their experiences and analyses with me, discussing issues of belonging on a number of levels. Drawing on some of these discussions, I seek to show if and how structural differences on the nation-state level materialise in the way participants reproduce different discourses on “national” belonging. Statements of the Canadian participants are central here, and complemented by the comparative perspective of their German counterparts.


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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Gender Studies


  • multi-culturalism, Germany, Canada, national belonging, youth, migration
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJugend, Migration und Zugehörigkeit. Subjektpositionierungen im Kontext von Jugendkultur, Ethnizitäts- und Geschlechterkonstruktionen
EditorsChristine Riegel, Thomas Geisen
PublisherVS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
ISBN (Print)978-3-531-15251-6
StatePublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographic note

2nd edition in print

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