The paper examines two levels of analysis: a macro level studying the identity of place in reference to the general social context and the residential neighbourhood, in particular; the second level refers to the dynamics of the couple and examines the strategies for managing differences between partner and the educational styles adopted in the presence of children. According to the basic assumptions of qualitative research, twenty-two mixed couples living in Sicily were interviewed. To analyse the contents which emerged from interviews the Atlas.ti software was used. Among the most findings there is the perception of diversity that the couple feels not only as a carrier discriminating against it but also as a value to be transmitted to their children, the importance of the support network of family and neighborhood as variables in able to moderate the perception of marginality.
Keywords: Intermarriage, mixed couple, discrimination, educational styles, support network of family, identity of place.