Studying abroad is a growing and institutionalized practice that seems to constitute a liminal and transitional space-time: a rite of passage towards adulthood and global citizenship. However, the apparently uncontested global meaning of such double transitional passage is questioned by local and national cultures. The analysis of autobiographical essays written by a group of young Italian and American students highlights the significance given to the passage toward adulthood: the “limen” between youth and adulthood is drawn in a different vein and accompanied by different rituals. Becoming an adult and a citizen of the world follows different cultural paths, thus giving shape to heterogeneous identities under a homogenous global semantic umbrella.
|Title of host publication||Beyond : The ISI Florence & Umbra Institute Studies in International Education. Vol. 1|
|Place of Publication||Florence|
|Publisher||ANGELO PONTECORBOLI EDITORE|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|MoE publication type||A3 Book chapter|
Fields of Science
- 5141 Sociology