Identities in Conflict
Edited By Flocel Sabate
Leadership and Complex Identities in Associations of African Immigrants
Fidel MOLINA, Dolors MAYORAL, Paquita SANVICÉN
Universitat de Lleida
Today’s societies are societies characterised by immigration. Unlike in the past, today, immigrants do not always come with the intention of staying. Instead, some simply wish to broaden their experience, while others choose to discover cultures that are very different, or even virtually the opposite, from their own. Whatever the case, their visions of their host societies, or rather of how they are received by them, are very varied and all-encompassing. Far from being discrete, these immigrants manifest their presence and defend their singularities, without losing their awareness of the greater social context. This change has particularly been observed in the men and women who lead immigrant associations and who are willing to make themselves heard and understood and to highlight their own qualities and to adopt some of those of others. Unlike in earlier periods, rather than speaking of processes of acculturation or even of cultural pluralism, their foundations, objectives and expectations have changed, because they are able to combine their own beliefs with those of the societies that they pass through and this gives rise to processes of identity construction that are manifold and complex, particularly from the viewpoint of leadership. Furthermore, this is true for both men and women.
The following text presents a study in which we describe and analyse leadership and the creation of identity in associations of African immigrants through their work objectives, themes, forms of leadership and...
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