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Migration, Diversity, and Education

Beyond Third Culture Kids

  • Saija Benjamin
  • Fred Dervin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Saija Benjamin, Fred Dervin
      Pages 1-10
  3. Multi-Mobility: Mixing the Global and the Local

  4. Migrant Children: Belonging or Longing to Belong?

  5. Being and Becoming in Transition: Ruptures, Changes, Coping

  6. Mobility and Beyond

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Richard Pearce
      Pages 233-248
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 249-251

About this book


The concept of Third Culture Kids is often used to describe people who have spent their childhood on the move, living in many different countries and languages. This book examines the hype, relevance and myths surrounding the concept while also redefining it within a broader study of transnationality to demonstrate the variety of stories involved.


Third Culture Kids mobility migration identity culture multilingualism education expatriation belonging migrants school

Editors and affiliations

  • Saija Benjamin
    • 1
  • Fred Dervin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HelsinkiFinland

About the editors

Saija Benjamin, University of Helsinki, Finland Janine M Bernard, Syracuse University, USA Kyoung Mi Choi, Youngstown State University, USA Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, Finland Gabrielle Désilets, Institut National de Recherche Scientifique Centre Urbanisation, Cultures, Sociétés, Canada Yoshi Joanna Grote, Sussex University, UK Päivi Kannisto, Tilburg University, The Netherlands Nicolas Le Bigre, University of Aberdeen, UK Melissa Luke, Syracuse University, USA Heather Meyer, University of Southampton, UK Richard Pearce, International Education consultant, UK Danau Tanu, University of Western Australia, Australia Adnieszka Tr?bka, Jagiellonian University, Poland Christian Triebel, King's College London, UK Donna M Velliaris, Eynesbury Institute of Business and Technology, Australia

Bibliographic information


“The volume could easily be incorporated into migration studies courses that focus on the complexity of migration phenomena. All ten articles provide good avenues for classroom discussions, while motivating scholars to continue rebooting currently used terminology because ‘just as we find new ways to conceptualize ourselves in our ever-changing world, we will also find ways to recognize each other’ … .” (Dorottya Nagy, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 7 (2), June, 2017)