By Elizabeth George Speare
Within the 12 months 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, is shattered by means of the terrifying cries of an Indian raid. younger Miriam Willard, on an afternoon that had promised new happiness, reveals herself as an alternative a captive on a wooded area path, stuck up within the ebb and movement of the French and Indian War.
It is a harrowing march north. Miriam can merely strength herself to the following preventing position, the following small component of nutrients, the following icy flow to be crossed. on the finish of the path waits a lifetime of exertions and, maybe, even a lifetime of slavery. Mingled along with her innovations of Phineas Whitney, her sweetheart on his method to Harvard, is the crying of her sister’s child, Captive, born at the trail.
Miriam and her partners ultimately achieve Montreal, a urban of transferring loyalties jam-packed with the intrigue of conflict, and the following, by way of a unexpected twist of fortune, Miriam meets the popular Du Quesne family members, who introduce her to a existence she hasn't ever imagined. in accordance with an exact narrative diary released in 1807, Calico Captive skillfully reenacts an soaking up aspect of heritage.
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Chapter 5 analyses the intergenerational transmission of identity, integration and transnational ties by focusing on the main emerging themes, respectively. The final chapter encompasses the three main concepts and the intergenerational transmission, and discusses the findings of each empirical chapter, focusing also on the interrelations between these concepts as they played out in the data. Throughout these five chapters the comparative context of the three countries and cities is highlighted where relevant.
In vogue in the 1980s, more recently migration scholars have returned to critical realist epistemologies in order to develop more sound migration theories (Bakewell 2010; Iosifides 2011). Overall, critical realism places a strong emphasis on the importance of processes, based on continuous conceptualization and reconceptualization (Pratt 1995). This approach resonates closely with research conducted for this book, based on multiple processes—migration, identity formation, integration, transnationalism, intergenerational transmission—and, therefore, intersected with social constructionism to shape the overall research process and data analysis and interpretation.
Finally, articulating issues of identity and discrimination would be demanding for children of a younger age, which would consequently bear higher risks and ethical implications. It is worth mentioning that research for this book involved ethical and positionality issues. The project involved participants from different groups, in terms of age, nationality and social status, and took place at three research sites located in three different countries. More importantly, the topics covered, such as identity perception, discrimination and parent-child relations, and the methods used, which required substantial time and contact with the participants, could make research seem ‘invasive’ and make access even more difficult than, for example, a study of migrants’ structural integration.