Université de Neuchâtel

A Sociocultural Approach to Mobile Families: A Case Study

Zittoun, Tania ; Levitan, Déborah ; Cangià, Flavia

In: Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 2019, vol. 24, no. 4, p. 424-432

This paper proposes a sociocultural perspective of mobility, of which migration is only one case, with a focus on mobile families. Consistent with mobility studies, sociocultural psychology of the lifecourse proposes to study both the sociocultural conditions of mobility, and the perspective of mobile people. In addition, in this article, we consider interrelated lives in mobility. We discuss the...

Université de Neuchâtel

A sociocultural psychology of repeated mobility: dialogical challenges = Una psicología sociocultural de la movilidad repetida: desafíos dialógicos

Zittoun, Tania ; Levitan, Déborah

In: Studies in Psychology / Estudios de Psicología, 2019, vol. 40, no. 1, p. 79-106

In this paper, we propose a sociocultural psychology of the lifecourse to examine the extreme case of families living in repeated international mobility. In this case, mobility is motivated by work, which leads to repeated relocation of housing and occupational arrangements across countries. Based on fieldwork, we highlight three challenges of repeated mobility and discuss their implications...

Université de Neuchâtel

Family, Boundaries and Transformation. The International Mobility of Professionals and Their Families

Cangia, Flavia ; Levitan, Déborah ; Zittoun, Tania

In: Migration Letters, 2018, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 17-31

Two dominant images of migrant professionals, also known as “expats”, have long been common, in the social sciences: on the one hand, they were described as super-mobile individuals, who easily move between places with no time frame in mind, with the openness to engage with diversity; on the other hand, more recent studies challenged the idea of “expat” cosmopolitanism, and investigated...