Socialization experiences of teenagers of Ecuadorian backgrounds


This work seeks to explore the way 15 teenagers of migrant backgrounds, specifically from Ecuador describe their migrant experience. The project also collects voices from people related with these teenagers’ integration process (teachers, relatives, counsellors, and others). This study allows understanding migration process as a dynamic process and that poses challenges identities definition.

The analysis takes into account not only researchers proposed topics, but also what teenagers want to narrate, what girls and boys understand as important/relevant  and the way the narrate it. This qualitative perspective, based on the analysis of a narrative discourse, reveals other kind of information quantitative methodologies do not allow us to know. Thus, the project gives importance to self representation of people in their own discourse.  

The interviews as sources of information are linguistic data. Language is central in expressing identity, a relevant issue of our personal experience. 

The analysis is based on the next main questions: 

·    What are the topics and settings constructed in narratives?
·    What are the topics introduced by the interviewer?
·    How is negotiation between participants done?
·    What are the positions participants construct in discourse?
·    What are the categories that merge from discourse?
·    How do participants outline their migrant trajectories?


 Jaume Bofill Foundation
Research leader at UAB:
Víctor Corona


Campus d'excel·lència internacional U A B