Immigrant volunteering is usually absent from the debate on the reconfiguration of citizenship ‘from below’. Indeed, it has been generally considered a conservative force, if anything, an instrument of fuller integration. Building on 25 interviews with young migrant volunteers, this paper aims to fill this gap. It shows that, even if immigrant volunteering may reinforce some conventional categorizations, it achieves the primary result of showing that people with an immigrant background deserve to be fully recognized as citizens. Moreover, voluntary work appears to shape how young immigrants perceive both their belonging and citizenship in a way that defies restrictive politics of belonging and traditional conceptions of citizenship.

Citizenship beyond the normative script: young immigrants’ volunteering as a practice of ‘citizenship from below’ / M. Artero, M. Ambrosini. - In: CITIZENSHIP STUDIES. - ISSN 1362-1025. - 26:2(2022), pp. 203-220. [10.1080/13621025.2022.2053504]

Citizenship beyond the normative script: young immigrants’ volunteering as a practice of ‘citizenship from below’

M. Artero
Primo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
M. Ambrosini
Ultimo
Writing – Review & Editing
2022

Abstract

Immigrant volunteering is usually absent from the debate on the reconfiguration of citizenship ‘from below’. Indeed, it has been generally considered a conservative force, if anything, an instrument of fuller integration. Building on 25 interviews with young migrant volunteers, this paper aims to fill this gap. It shows that, even if immigrant volunteering may reinforce some conventional categorizations, it achieves the primary result of showing that people with an immigrant background deserve to be fully recognized as citizens. Moreover, voluntary work appears to shape how young immigrants perceive both their belonging and citizenship in a way that defies restrictive politics of belonging and traditional conceptions of citizenship.
Immigration; volunteering; citizenship from below; youth; recognition; Italy
Settore SPS/07 - Sociologia Generale
Settore SPS/10 - Sociologia dell'Ambiente e del Territorio
Settore SPS/11 - Sociologia dei Fenomeni Politici
2022
15-mar-2022
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