There and back. Migrants’ dreams and myths


Such extreme crystallization of defensive experiences can be frequently observed in homogeneous communities or groups of emigrants of equal origin, too closed in themselves, anchored to surpassed habits, rituals, traditions and ideologies, clearly detached both from the reality of the place which hosts them (rejected because alien) and from the reality of the country they have left, since they maintain themselves still in time without ever evolving or transforming. The homecoming ideal thus looses its dreaming and metaphoric quality which could become a creative component of the thinking activity of each of the single subjects and of the community as a whole, and it is in this way only bearer of individual and collective impoverishment and/or catastrophic actions.

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