Provides a timely contribution to public and academic discussions on intra-EU mobility and migration crises
Builds on rich empirical data collected across several years of focused ethnographic research with migrant children and their families
Combines cases of privileged childhoods with the viewpoint of less privileged families in the age of global migration
Part of the book series: Studies in Childhood and Youth (SCY)
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Table of contents (11 chapters)
About this book
This collection explores mobile childhoods: from Latvia and Estonia to Finland; from Latvia to the United Kingdom; from Russia to Finland; and cyclical mobility by the Roma between Romania and Finland. The chapters examine how east-to-north European family mobility brings out different kinds of multilocal childhoods. The children experience unequal starting points and further twists throughout their childhood and within their family lives.
Through the innovative use of ethnographic and participatory methods, the contributors demonstrate how diverse migrant children’s everyday lives are, and how children themselves as well as their translocal families actively pursue better lives. The topics include naming and food practices, travel, schooling, summer holidays, economic and other inequalities, and the importance of age in understanding children’s lives.
Translocal Childhoods and Family Mobility in East and North Europe will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology and human geography.
- european union
- childhood studies
“This is an excellent read for anyone interested in childhood studies and migration. … the book provided me with a level of insight that I did not expect, but thoroughly enjoyed.” (Nina Svane Bruhn, Nordic Journal of Migration Research NJMR, Vol. 9 (3), 2019)
“Translocal Childhoods and Family Mobility in East and North Europe is an important contribution to the literature on both migration and mobility and the field of childhood and youth studies. It addresses many methodological and ethical considerations when doing ethnographic research of children and their families.” (Frank Elbers, Analize, Issue 10, 2018)“This book draws the reader into the fleeting moment, and the lifetime, that is childhood through richly describing what children see, hear, perhaps even feel as they move between places: what they leave behind, what they bring with them and how they piece together connections and separations between places as they simultaneously work out their own place in the world. The book will appeal to anyone curious about the process of growing up in a transnational reality.” (Sarah Green, University of Helsinki, Finland)
“This timely collection is a valuable resource for anyone interested in children and transnational migration. It contributes detailed knowledge of how children respond to the challenges of mobility and how they create and perceive links to particular localities and the people inhabiting them. Evocative accounts are provided, based on long-term ethnographic research involving diverse sets of participants and allowing comparisons across state borders, ethnic origins and dimensions of social and economic privilege. A particular contribution to studies of transnational families lies in a well-grounded shift of attention from discourses of longing and belonging, to embodiment, infrastructures and child agency. I find the focus on the significance of the body, senses and material practices particularly compelling.” (Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Malmö University, Sweden)
“Grounded in long-term fieldwork, this book offers rare insights into how family is done from the point of view of children who move between multiple geographic, social and cultural contexts. In addition to presenting an illuminating account of corporeal, material and symbolic aspects of translocal existence, authors provide methodological inspiration for ways in which to give children an ethnographic voice. This is a must for anybody interested in the translocal approach, childhood studies, or the lived intertwining of east and north Europe.” (Elo-Hanna Seljamaa, University of Tartu, Estonia)
“This engaging collection based on multi-sited and follow-up longitudinal ethnography is remarkable evidence of the increasing interest in children’s agency in family migration. Rich and sensitive child-centred mobility stories show a panorama of children maturing during transmigration from the cradle through baby naming, flying to the new country, purchasing sweets never seen before, looking after younger siblings, making new friends and spending summer back home with grandma. A must read for everybody who does not assess migration as a solely adult experience.” (Olga Tkach, Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), Russia)
Editors and Affiliations
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
European University at St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Pihla Maria Siim
About the editors
Laura Assmuth is Professor of Social and Public Policy at the University of Eastern Finland.
Marina Hakkarainen is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Eastern Finland and Associated Fellow at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia.
Aija Lulle is Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University, UK.
Pihla Maria Siim is Junior Research Fellow at the University of Tartu, Estonia.
Book Title: Translocal Childhoods and Family Mobility in East and North Europe
Editors: Laura Assmuth, Marina Hakkarainen, Aija Lulle, Pihla Maria Siim
Series Title: Studies in Childhood and Youth
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-89733-2Published: 06 August 2018
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-07841-6Published: 10 January 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-89734-9Published: 20 July 2018
Series ISSN: 2731-6467
Series E-ISSN: 2731-6475
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XVII, 271
Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations
Topics: Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging, Human Migration