Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Marie Louise Seeberg, Elżbieta M. Goździak
    Pages 1-19 Open Access
  3. International Migration

  4. Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Ada I. Engebrigtsen
      Pages 81-98 Open Access
  5. Identities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Andrea Svobodová, Eva Janská
      Pages 121-137 Open Access
    3. Helene Bang Appel, Rashmi Singla
      Pages 139-157 Open Access
    4. Elżbieta M. Goździak, Marie Louise Seeberg
      Pages 179-188 Open Access
  6. Marie Louise Seeberg, Elżbieta M. Goździak
    Pages E1-E1 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 189-193

About this book


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. 


Child-centred migration research Children in Migrancy Integration and transnationality Migrant childhoods Second generation

Editors and affiliations

  • Marie Louise Seeberg
    • 1
  • Elżbieta M. Goździak
    • 2
  1. 1.NOVAOslo and Akershus University CollegeOsloNorway
  2. 2.ISIMGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44608-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44610-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-4087
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-4095
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