Childhood and Migration

Childhood and Migration

How Children Experience and Manage Migration

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ISBN: 978-3-89942-384-6
Pages: 300
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: 10-01-2005


This volume explores the question of how children themselves experience and manage migration and by what means they construct their own identity. It considers experiences from both their places of origin and their host societies. What role does the cultural background of the society of origin and the strategies of integration found in the host society play in the creation of identity and of a concept of home, origin, and belonging? How do children express processes of cultural orientation and integration (music, media, fashion, style) and what role do peer groups and social milieus play? How do migrant children experience xenophobia and a lack of acceptance on the side of the host society and how do they counterbalance such experiences? The approach of this work is both comparative and interdisciplinary. Contributors have different theoretical and methodological backgrounds, and the contributions address different social and cultural settings both with regard to place of origin and host society. Jacqueline Kn÷rr, is an anthropologist and head of the Research Group, Integration and Conflict as Dimensions of Cultural Tradition, Social Dynamics and Historical Experience in the Upper Guinea Coast (West Africa) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. Her main areas of research are West Africa and Indonesia.

Editorial Reviews

“In summary, I found this volume of a great value, especially in providing concrete examples of children’s creativity not only in the process of social and cultural reproduction, but also in cultural production. It will [...] be a useful read for policymakers in the fields of education and children’s services at all government levels”

—Anna Kirova, International Migration & Integration

"This books essays are, in my opinion, not only an important contribution to the ethnological research in migration and childhood, but also give new impulses to cultural anthropology in general"

—Ulrieke Bieker , Zeitschrift für Ethologie

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