Geographies of Children and Young People

Movement, Mobilities, and Journeys

Editors: Ni Laoire, Caitriona, White, Allen, Skelton, Tracey (Eds.)

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This volume brings together a range of contributions exploring the diverse ways in which children and young people experience movements, im/mobilities and journeys at different geographical scales and in different socio-spatial contexts. It provides a snapshot of recent work within the geographies of children and young people which has engaged with emerging conceptualisations of mobility and immobility, and builds on existing scholarship on migration, movement and settlement.

Topics covered include children’s and young people’s experiences of phenomena such as transnational migration, everyday mobility, social im/mobilities, homelessness, settlement, navigations of belonging, educational mobility, medical travel, citizenship, trafficking, labour migration, borders and boundaries. The collection is notable for the wide range of geographical contexts represented, including global South and North, and in the variety of types of movements examined – from local to global mobilities, everyday to life-changing journeys, and incorporating movements bound up in different ways with processes of socio-spatial inclusion and exclusion.

A number of core themes are highlighted in the volume. All of the contributions are attentive to children’s and young people’s subjectivities, agency and perspectives in the context of an adult-dominated world. Together, they highlight: firstly, the complexities of children’s mobilities and the need to move beyond over-simplified and often dichotomized understandings of children’s mobilities and migrations; secondly, the importance of recognising the diversity of geographical scales in children and young people’s movements, and in particular, of the ways in which small-scale movements intersect with global mobilities and migrations in children’s and young people’s lives; thirdly, the interdependent and relational nature of children’s and young people’s mobilities and migrations; and finally, the importance of social, material, political and family contexts in understanding how children and young people experience mobility, immobility and migration.

The volume highlights the centrality of mobility and movement to understanding contemporary society and in particular to understandings of the geographical worlds of children and young people. It highlights the richness of current research in the area, pointing to fruitful directions for future theoretical, conceptual and methodological agendas and provides a valuable platform from which to further enhance geographical understandings of the children’s and young people’s movements, im/mobilities and journeys.

About the authors

Dr. Caitríona Ní Laoire is Lecturer in Applied Social Studies, and Research Associate of the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century, at University College Cork. Her research interests coalesce around the themes of migration/diaspora, childhood/youth, gender, equality, rurality and identities and the use of qualitative research methods such as life-narrative and children-centred methods. Her research has focused in particular on understanding young people’s lives and identities within their socio-spatial contexts, contributing to in-depth understandings of the power relations inherent in and the multiple lived realities of being young in and of contemporary Ireland. 

Between 2005 and 2009, she led a Marie Curie Excellence Team project on migrant children's experiences of moving to and living in 'Celtic Tiger' Ireland. As part of that project, she explored the experiences and identity processes of children who moved to Ireland with their return migrant parent(s), focusing in particular on family and peer dynamics, negotiations of inclusion/exclusion and identities, and on relationships with place. This was set within the context of intergenerational relations within families, in particular child-parent relations, and involved the use of children-centred research methods. Previously her research explored rural youth identities in the context of changing rural realities, with particular emphasis on gendered identities, rural masculinities, farming identities and rural outmigration.

She has published widely on these themes, including the monograph Childhood and Migration in Europe (co-authored with A. White, N. Tyrrell and F. Carpena-Méndez) and articles in journals including Childhood, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Social and Cultural Geography, Children’s Geographies, Identities, Irish Geography and Sociologia Ruralis.

Dr. Allen White is Research Officer for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork. He has over 14 years experience lecturing and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in Ireland and the UK and has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications [including 10 articles, 3 co-authored/edited books, 3 co-edited special issues and 4 book chapters]. He has worked on successive externally funded research projects (funded by Marie Curie Actions and NORFACE) and has taken a leading role in developing research strategy and planning in national fora and contexts. He has played a central role developing supports and assisting colleagues preparing applications for funding that have successfully drawn down millions of euro in research funding.  His research interests lie in exclusion of specific transnational groups (including migrant children and youth); and the changing social and political geographies of asylum, identity and citizenship within a globalised Ireland.

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction to Movement, Mobilities, and Journeys in Geographies of Children and Young People

    White, Allen (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Children’s Mobilities: Methodologies, Theories, and Scales

    Christensen, Pia (et al.)

    Pages 13-44

  • Children and Young People in Migration: A Relational Approach

    Huijsmans, Roy

    Pages 45-66

  • Vietnamese Children Trafficked for Forced Labor to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Exit, Return, and Reintegration

    Yea, Sallie

    Pages 67-84

  • Dominant Positionings and Paradoxical Mobilities: Child Migrants in Java, Indonesia

    Beazley, Harriot (et al.)

    Pages 85-109

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Movement, Mobilities, and Journeys
Editors
  • Caitriona Ni Laoire
  • Allen White
  • Tracey Skelton
Series Title
Geographies of Children and Young People
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eReference ISBN
978-981-287-029-2
Print ISBN
978-981-287-028-5
Print + eBook ISBN
978-981-287-030-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 438
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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