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Crisis for Whom?

Critical Global Perspectives on Childhood, Care and Migration

Distributed for UCL Press

Crisis for Whom?

Critical Global Perspectives on Childhood, Care and Migration

A complex and nuanced interdisciplinary exploration of children in migration crises.

Children are central figures in narratives of “migration crises.” They are often depicted as either essentially vulnerable and in need of special protections, or suspiciously adult-like and a threat to national borders. This bilingual book, written in English and Spanish, challenges these simplistic narratives. Drawing on collaborations between young migrants, researchers, artists, and activists, this collection asks new questions about how crises are produced, mobility is controlled, and childhood is conceptualized. Answers to these questions have profound implications for resources, infrastructures, and relationships of care. The chapters offer insights from diverse global contexts, painting a rich and insightful tapestry about child migration. They stress that children are more than recipients of care and that the crises they face are multiple and stratifying, with long historical roots. Readers are invited to understand migration as an act of concern and love and to attend to how the solidarities between citizens and “others,” adults and children, and between children, are understood and forged.

485 pages | 27 figures | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Crisis for whom? Global border regimes, minorisation, (im)mobility, and care
Rachel Rosen, Elaine Chase, Sarah Crafter, Valentina Glockner, Sayani Mitra

Art in Dialogue 1: Ways of listening
Meera Shakti Osborne

1 Emergent solidarities and children on the move: What’s ‘crisis’ got to do with it?
Rachel Rosen

2 Care, Control and Crisis: Sahrawi youth as refugees and migrants
Lehdia Mohamed Dafa and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

Art in Dialogue 2 : Hierarchies of vulnerability
Meera Shakti Osborne

3 The exodus of Venezuelan children and youth: Geopolitics of care and protection
Nohora Constanza Niño Vega

4 Deportation as a migration crisis for children: Children’s lived experience of return from Europe to Afghanistan
Nassim Majidi, Marion Guillaume, Stefanie Barratt

Art in Dialogue 3: Disruption
Meera Shakti Osborne

5 A decolonial analysis of crisis narratives: Latin American and Caribbean migrant children in Chilean schools
Andrea Cortés Saavedra and Sara Joiko

6 The Wrestlers: the tactics and practices of care of young African ‘unaccompanied minors’ in Italy
Sarah Walker

Art in Dialogue 4: Policies of childhood
Meera Shakti Osborne

7 Vietnamese irregular migrants in Moscow: Fractious giving and receiving of care within the transnational family
Lan Anh Hoang

8 Intersecting crises: Motherhood and border control in Southern Africa
Joyce Takaindisa and Ingrid Palmary

Art in Dialogue 5: Which narrative
Meera Shakti Osborne

9 Places-in-between: Rohingya refugee children’s changing sense of belonging
Matluba Khan and Sheik Rana

10 Cultural elaboration of care: Mobility among Indigenous youth in Guatemala
Lauren Heidbrink, with illustrations by Gabriela Afable

Art in Dialogue 6: Core concepts of care
Meera Shakti Osborne

11 Care and (neoliberal) responsibility: Experiences of migrant and working children in Mexico and India
Valentina Glockner

12 Caring research and world-making: With and for young people on the move
Thea Shahrokh

Art in Dialogue 7: Leaving the field
Meera Shakti Osborne

13 Childhood, (im)mobility and care in Palestine: A crisis of institutional violence
Mai Abu Moghli and Yamila Hussein Shannan

14 Disruptive narratives: Interconnected care and co-responsibility in theatre making processes with refugee performers
Kate Duffy-Syedi and Syed Haleem Najibi

Art in Dialogue 8: Cultures of care
Meera Shakti Osborne


Introducción: ¿Crisis según quién? Regímenes fronterizos globales, «minorización», (in)movibilidad y cuidado
Rachel Rosen, Elaine Chase, Sarah Crafter, Valentina Glockner, Sayani Mitra

Arte en dialogo 1: Formas de escuchar
Meera Shakti Osborne

1 Solidaridades emergentes y niñas y niños en movimiento: ¿Qué tiene que ver la ‘crisis’?
Rachel Rosen

2 Cuidado, control y crisis: Las/os jóvenes saharauis como refugiados y migrantes
Lehdia Mohamed Dafa y Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

Arte en dialogo 2: Jerarquías de la vulnerabilidad
Meera Shakti Osborne

3 Éxodo de niños, niñas y jóvenes venezolanos: Geopolítica del cuidado y la protección
Nohora Constanza Niño Vega

4 La deportación como crisis migratoria para las niñas y los niños: La experiencia vivida por niñas y niños al regresar de Europa a Afganistán
Nassim Majidi, Marion Guillaume, Stefanie Barratt

Arte en dialogo 3: Alteración
Meera Shakti Osborne

5 Un análisis decolonial de las narrativas de crisis: Niñas y niños migrantes latinoamericanos y caribeños en escuelas chilenas
Andrea Cortés Saavedra y Sara Joiko

6 Los luchadores: Las tácticas y prácticas de atención por parte de las y los jóvenes «menores no acompañados» africanos en Italia
Sarah Walker

Arte en dialogo 4: Políticas sobre la infancia
Meera Shakti Osborne

7 Migrantes irregulares vietnamitas en Moscú: La problemática del cuidado infantil en las familias transnacionales
Lan Anh Hoang

8 Crisis entrecruzadas: Maternidad y control fronterizo en África del Sur
Joyce Takaindisa y Ingrid Palmary

Arte en dialogo 5: ¿Qué narrativa?
Meera Shakti Osborne

9 Lugares entre medias: El cambio del sentido de pertenencia de los niños rohinyás refugiados
Matluba Khan y Sheik Rana

10 La Elaboración Cultural del Cuidado: La Mobilidad entre los Jóvenes Indígenas en Guatemala
Lauren Heidbrink, con ilustraciones de Gabriela Afable

Arte en dialogo 6: Conceptos principales del cuidado
Meera Shakti Osborne

11 Cuidado y responsabilidad (neoliberal): Experiencias de niñas/os migrantes y trabajadores en México e India
Valentina Glockner

12 La investigación sobre el cuidado y la creación de mundos: Con y para jóvenes migrantes
Thea Shahrokh

Arte en dialogo 7: Fuera del campo
Meera Shakti Osborne

13 Infancia, (in)movilidad y cuidado en Palestina: Una crisis de violencia institucional
Mai Abu Moghli y Yamila Hussein Shannan

14 Narrativas disruptivas: Cuidado interconectado y corresponsabilidad en los procesos de producción teatral con artistas refugiados
Kate Duffy-Syedi y Syed Haleem Najibi

Arte en dialogo 8: Culturas del cuidado
Meera Shakti Osborne

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