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Asssertions and Aspiirations: Agency among Accompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in Sweden

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Lisa Ottosson
Marita Eastmond
Ann-Christin Cederborg
Publicerad i Children's Geographies
Volym 15
Nummer/häfte 4
Sidor 426-438
ISSN 1473-3285
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för globala studier, socialantropologi
Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande
Sidor 426-438
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2016.12...
Ämnesord Asylum-seeking, children, Liminality, Everyday Life, Ambition and Agency, Permanent Place-making, Child Perspective, Human Rights
Ämneskategorier Socialantropologi, Utbildningsvetenskap

Sammanfattning

Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Sweden, this article explores the ways in which accompanied children experience and seek to overcome challenges posed by asylum reception. The focus is on children’s ambition and ability to form their everyday life, given their ambiguous position of tentative emplacement. Theoretical inspiration is sought in Ortner’s ‘agency of personal projects’ and de Certeau’s concept of ‘tactics’, analysed through the prism of liminality. The study found that while some tactics aimed at avoiding situations and settings that made children uncomfortable, others involved influencing their situation through pursuing ‘personal projects’. Many children’s strivings were directed at creating ‘a normal life’ and a place for themselves in Swedish society. The findings challenge the idea that accompanied children are more protected from difficulties and responsibilities than those seeking asylum alone

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