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Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy

Migration, Governance, Identities

Editors: Seeberg, Marie Louise, Gozdziak, Elzbieta M (Eds.)

  • This open access book features studies of different child migrancy situations that provide a solid empirical basis for theoretical advances
  • Shows how social categories of childhood are challenged when children grow up in migrancy
  • Presents material from the United States, Norway, Denmark, Czech Republic, and the UK
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This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license.
This book explores specific migration, governance, and identity processes currently involving children and ideas of childhood. Migrancy as a social space allows majority populations to question the capabilities of migrants, and is a space in which an increasing number of children are growing up. In this space, families, nation-states, civil society, as well as children themselves are central actors engaged in contesting the meaning of childhood. Childhood is a field of conceptual, moral and political contestation, where the ‘battles’ may range from minor tensions and everyday negotiations of symbolic or practical importance involving a limited number of people, to open conflicts involving violence and law enforcement. The chapters demonstrate the importance of how we understand phenomena involving children: when children are trafficked, seeking refuge, taken into custody, active in gangs or in youth organisations, and struggling with identity work. This book examines countries representing very different engagements and policies regarding migrancy and children. As a result, readers are presented with a comprehensive volume ideal for both the classroom and for policy-makers and practitioners. The chapters are written by experts in social anthropology, human geography, political science, sociology, and psychology. 

Reviews

“In 10 extremely well-written chapters, these authors explore patterns of international migration, the politics and policies that drive them, and, most importantly, the effect of this transitory narrative on the identities of the migrant children themselves. … This compelling text is a must read for anyone no longer satisfied with being merely a spectator in the migrant crisis unfolding in front of the world; it will help propel readers toward informed action. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.” (J. C. Altman, Choice, Vol. 55 (1), September, 2017) 


“This rich, wide-ranging collection of papers transforms the long-standing debate about the ‘second generation’ into an original account of childhood and growing up under conditions of migration which should be of considerable interest well beyond the field of migration studies.” (Ralph Grillo, University of Sussex) 

“This edited collections charts new ground in migration and childhood studies.  It successfully highlights the complex ways in which children can be simultaneous members of different societies shifting the debate away from a prevalent focus on ‘immigrant children’ or ‘second generation youth’. It also effectively distinguishes between normative childhood and childhood at the level of practice. The gap between the two, as the books documents, can be wide and this has important implications for policy making and the lives of these children.” (Dr Elisabetta Zontini, Lead of the Research Centre on Identity, Citizenship, Equalities and Migration, University of Nottingham)

“This book illuminates the intersection of “contested childhoods” and “growing up in migrancy” that contests the very meaning of childhood and sometimes produces violent conflicts. It will engage, challenge and enlighten those interested in new understandings of childhood/s and migrancy.” (Prof Ann Phoenix, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education, UK) 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy

    Seeberg, Marie Louise (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • Forced Victims or Willing Migrants? Contesting Assumptions About Child Trafficking

    Goździak, Elżbieta M.

    Pages 23-41

  • Child Refugees and National Boundaries

    Seeberg, Marie Louise

    Pages 43-59

  • South Sudanese Diaspora Children: Contested Notions of Childhood, Uprootedness, and Belonging Among Young Refugees in the U.S.

    Ensor, Marisa O.

    Pages 61-77

  • Lost Between Protective Regimes: Roma in the Norwegian State

    Engebrigtsen, Ada I.

    Pages 81-98

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  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-44608-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy
Book Subtitle
Migration, Governance, Identities
Editors
  • Marie Louise Seeberg
  • Elzbieta M Gozdziak
Series Title
IMISCOE Research Series
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44610-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44610-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44608-0
Series ISSN
2364-4087
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 193
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