International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 299

Article in Press

Identity and immigration

CIZINA FERNANDES RESSTEL, JOSE STERZA JUSTO and MARY YOKO OKAMOTO

  •  Received: 18 August 2017
  •  Accepted: 16 November 2017
The general purpose of this research has elected, as object of research, the experience of dekasegi’s children (dekasegi is a term used to describe Japanese descendants who are born in Brazil and go to Japan looking for a job) about living with two distinct cultures when they follow their parents in long-time work seasons in Japan and when they return to Brazil later. For that purpose, interviews were held with dekasegi who have returned to Brazil and their children using a clinical method of investigation, and psychoanalysis were used as a theoretical background. The results indicate that these immigrants’ children, according to current trends of production of subjectivation models based on flexibility and difference, develop personal identification with both cultures - Brazilian and Japanese - though not in a well-balanced way. However, while recent subjectivation models experienced by these immigrants’ children bring contribution for identity references, they also generate conflicts, tensions, anxieties and challenges.

Keywords: Dekasegi, children; Return; Identity and Psychoanalysis.