Juventud negroafricana en Cataluña. De la inmigración a la emancipación

Student thesis: Doctoral thesis


This dissertation has focused on unveiling the conditions of social incorporation of the children of Black African immigrants to Catalonia belonging to the influx identified as ethnic communities. From a multilevel ethnographic approach, I reconstruct and analyze the academic trajectories and the processes of transition to adult life of a sample of male and female youngsters of two age groups. In the light of intersectional analysis, the research results emerge as a counter-narrative to dominant negative representations about this population. Far from producing a neutral story and following the claims of Critical Race Theory, a selection has been made of the elements leading to highlight both contextual and institutional factors related to social positioning and placement and subjective memoirs and constructions of the protagonist subjects. The author’s reflective process and the evolution of the research itself towards a critical and narrative perspective is also made visible in the elaboration of research results and written products. The outcomes of the project are presented in the format of compilation of publications, including four scientific works that have been published or are in the process of publication (two book chapters and two academic journal articles). The order of the materials included in the dissertation document is not random but it follows an increasing complexity by identifying and providing answers to hegemonic, recurring ideas about mobility and citizenship that problematize distort and render these youngsters and their family cultures subaltern. More specifically, starting with the school as the main stage but moving beyond its boundaries, the ways by which these youngsters’ subaltern experiences are shaped and sustained by racialization processes clearly affected by the social construction of race, culture, blackness, social class, gender and Muslim belonging, all of them elements intrinsically associated. At the same time, it is possible to identify the strategies developed by these young men and women to combat and contest these processes, which result into transitions to adult life in conditions better than expected considering the current amplified and problematizing discourse. Finally, this collection of works intends to contribute to the consolidation of an ethnographically based counter-narrative that is essential to generate a better understanding of the situations and the lives of youngsters who are descendants of this migration influx, which has not received enough attention from social and anthropological research on migrations to date.
Date of Award16 Jul 2018
Original languageSpanish
SupervisorSilvia Carrasco Pons (Director)


  • Youth
  • West africa
  • Migration

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