Between Tradition and Innovation

Religious Practices and Everyday Life of Second-Generation Muslim Women


  • Ivana Acocella University of Florence
  • Silvia Cataldi Sapienza University of Rome
  • Katia Cigliuti University of Florence



intersectionality, Islam in Europe, religious practices, young second-generation Muslim


The article focuses on the identity construction and recognition strategies adopted by young second-generation Muslim women living in Italy. The research was conducted by collecting life stories with the goal of investigating the processes of identity building in the private and in the public sphere. Moving from two key concepts, agency and intersectionality, the study explores those challenges and tensions which arise from the multi-membership (intra-ethnic and inter-ethnic; intra-generational and inter-generational) and from the interconnection of different social categories (gender, religious beliefs, age and ethnic origins) of young Muslim females. At the end of the study, the biographies are analysed inductively in order to identify different ideal-types of profiles of subjectification which vehiculate different gender and religious identity patterns.


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Author Biographies

  • Ivana Acocella, University of Florence

    Ivana Acocella is a Lecturer of Methodology of Social Sciences and Sociology of Immigration at University of Florence, Italy. Since 2002, she has taught methodology and research methods for the social sciences. Her research focuses on epistemological and methodological assessment of qualitative research approaches. Her main research topic is immigration, with a focus on the second generation and Islam in Europe.

  • Silvia Cataldi, Sapienza University of Rome

    Silvia Cataldi is a Lecturer of Sociology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Since her PhD in 2005, she has taught methodology and research methods for the social sciences. Her research focuses on the epistemological and methodological assessment of research through qualitative and quantitative approaches and young people’s attitudes.

  • Katia Cigliuti, University of Florence

    Katia Cigliuti holds a PhD in Methodology of Social Sciences from the University of Florence, Italy. Her research interests focus on qualitative methodology and epistemology and on second-generation Muslims. In 2014 she published a book on the construction of fieldnotes (Firenze University Press).


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How to Cite

Acocella, I., Cataldi, S., & Cigliuti, K. (2017). Between Tradition and Innovation: Religious Practices and Everyday Life of Second-Generation Muslim Women. Fieldwork in Religion, 11(2), 199-216.