Zmegac - Chapter 03
Identity Building in the Local Environment
this chapter I will analyze individual identity-building strategies
with the help of which the newcomers to Gradina attempt to bridge the
chasm between their earlier and current life, with each having its own
value code (cf. Camilleri 1998: 253-254). The chasm has emerged as a
result of the drastic change in their life and in their social
circumstances which they experienced because of the forced migration.
Striving to make sense of their earlier and new experiences, the
settlers find ways to relate their experiences to each other so as to
redefine their understanding of themselves both as persons and as
members of the local community. In the context of migration,
identity-building strategies serve the purpose of reevaluating and
redefining personal identity in a new social and cultural setting, and
thus establishing social identity in the new environment.