Twice migrant navigations of identity and laws: an exploratory study

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University of New Brunswick


An examination of how young twice migrants in the Greater Toronto Area navigate the process of identity formation and its impact on their lifestyles and choices. Scholarly literature indicates laws are derived from multiple sources, and that the function of laws extend beyond social control to the domain of priorities, goals and worldviews of individuals and groups. The purpose of this thesis is to examine how experiences of migration and difference shape a condition of legal pluralism and the factors involved in twice migrant identity formation. Several themes emerged from interviews with six participants. The methodological and analytic approach arose from consultation with multiple research traditions, including grounded theory, and interpretivist and narrative analysis. The findings indicated that young twice migrants continuously shape their identities and correspondingly their navigation of laws and legal orders is adjusted. This has implications for future research on legal pluralism, and for policy makers.