Vol. 5, Issue 5 (2019)
Conflict in Diaspora: A study of two generations in azouz begag’s The Shantytown Kid
Author(s): Shritama Mukherjee
Abstract: It will be the aim of this paper to examine the conflict in identity in first and second generation immigrants. While the first generation immigrants are unable to severe their bond with their motherland, the second generation identify themselves with the new land. Being born and raised here, they do not seek to alienate themselves in order to create a space that will enable them to be sympathetic towards and one with the homeland. The older generation inhabitants find respite in alienating themselves deliberately and keeping alive the memory of their culture and native land. This is the major rift that immigrants, often first and second generation immigrants experience and cannot process, ultimately leading to a separation and a mirroring tendency of the customs of the new land in the latter. These elements in diaspora recounted through a father-son relationship have been captured in Azouz’s novel and the present paper is an examination of such barriers and conflicts in identity.