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Josefsson, J. (2024). Theorizing Child Migration: Experiences, Governance, Normativity (1ed.). In: Sarada Balagopalan, John Wall and Karen Wells (Ed.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Theories in Childhood Studies: (pp. 338-348). London: Bloomsbury Academic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Theorizing Child Migration: Experiences, Governance, Normativity
2024 (English)In: The Bloomsbury Handbook of Theories in Childhood Studies / [ed] Sarada Balagopalan, John Wall and Karen Wells, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2024, 1, p. 338-348Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

As child migration has caught the attention of a growing amount of scholarship in the past few decades, a new nexus of theorizing child migration has emerged from an array of academic traditions and contexts of migration. The fact that young people under the age of eighteen today constitute around one-third of the around 100 million forcibly displaced persons around the globe has placed the child in the midst of political controversies and global social transformations. At the same time as the pressing challenges of global migration have led to a significant increase in policy, practices and procedures that target children specifically, this has also propelled scholars to explore new methodological and theoretical avenues. The overall aim of the chapter is to examine some of the dominant theoretical approaches to child migration and what their implications are for our understanding of contemporary migration regimes. A particular focus will be on how scholarly work in childhood studies, the sociology and anthropology of childhood and migration studies, what here is referred to as a ‘childhood turn’ in migration research, has largely focused on empirical and conceptual aspects of children’s agency, experiences and perspectives in global migration. Yet, as is suggested, while the childhood turn in migration research grew out of a discontent with a lack of data on children and a dominance of traditional assumptions about children and family, the recent discovering of migrant childhoods in, for example, political philosophy has been driven by normative issues and theoretical trajectories in isolation from the empirical and theoretical achievements in childhood studies and migration studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2024 Edition: 1
Keywords
Children, youth, migration, governance, normativity, experiences, rights, theory
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-200218 (URN)9781350263840 (ISBN)9781350263857 (ISBN)9781350263864 (ISBN)9781350263871 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-17 Created: 2024-01-17 Last updated: 2024-02-08Bibliographically approved
Sparrman, A., Hrechaniuk, Y., Anatoli Smith (Ivanova), O., Andersson, K., Arzuk, D., Annerbäck, J., . . . Zotevska, E. (2023). Child Studies Multiple: Collaborative play for thinking through theories and methods. Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, 15(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Child Studies Multiple: Collaborative play for thinking through theories and methods
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2023 (English)In: Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 15, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This text is an exploration of collaborative thinking and writing through theories, methods, and experiences on the topic of the child, children, and childhood. It is a collaborative written text (with 32 authors) that sprang out of the experimental workshop Child Studies Multiple. The workshop and this text are about daring to stay with mess, “un-closure” , and uncertainty in order to investigate the (e)motions and complexities of being either a child or a researcher. The theoretical and methodological processes presented here offer an opportunity to shake the ground on which individual researchers stand by raising questions about scientific inspiration, theoretical and methodological productivity, and thinking through focusing on process, play, and collaboration. The effect of this is a questioning of the singular academic ‘I’ by exploring and showing what a plural ‘I’ can look like. It is about what the multiplicity of voice can offer research in a highly individualistic time. The article allows the reader to follow and watch the unconventional trial-and-error path of the ongoing-ness of exploring theories and methods together as a research community via methods of drama, palimpsest, and fictionary.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping University Electronic Press, 2023
Keywords
thinking with theory, productivity of methods, child studies multiple, child, children, childhood collaborative writing
National Category
Other Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-194115 (URN)10.3384/cu.3529 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-05-25 Created: 2023-05-25 Last updated: 2024-07-04
Josefsson, J. (2023). Political strategies of self-representation: The case of young Afghan migrants in Sweden (1ed.). In: Sandin Bengt, Josefsson Jonathan, Hanson Karl, Balagopalan Sarada (Ed.), The Politics of Children's Rights and Representation: (pp. 275-299). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Political strategies of self-representation: The case of young Afghan migrants in Sweden
2023 (English)In: The Politics of Children's Rights and Representation / [ed] Sandin Bengt, Josefsson Jonathan, Hanson Karl, Balagopalan Sarada, Palgrave Macmillan , 2023, 1, p. 275-299Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter I explore how children and youth make use of particular strategies of self-representation to seek political representation. I do so by taking my point of departure in a group of young Afghan migrants in Sweden and their political mobilization for their right to residency permits. In dialogue with debates in political theory around democracy and representation, I examine how young political actors contest and recast dominant regimes of political representation to claim political space and a voice of their own. Focus is put on the ways in which various actors struggle over the authority to represent and give meaning to the interests, rights and well-being of young migrants and how these processes of representing children and youth become politically productive. Four different strategies are identified and suggested to constitute a politics of self-representation: Rejecting previous forms of representation; establishing, shaping, and controlling political identity; creating political space; making opponents and allies. Based on these empirical observations, I argue that the mobilizations of young non-citizens against deportation reveal a critical dimension to the politics of childhood, namely, how the strategies of self-representation used by children and youth disrupt current legal and political orders and open up new avenues for political representation.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2023 Edition: 1
Series
Child and Youth Studies, ISSN 2731-6467, E-ISSN 2731-6475
Keywords
Child, youth, strategies, self-representation, migration, deportation, political representation
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-184167 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-04480-9_12 (DOI)978-3-031-04479-3 (ISBN)978-3-031-04482-3 (ISBN)978-3-031-04480-9 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-00873
Available from: 2022-04-05 Created: 2022-04-05 Last updated: 2023-06-14Bibliographically approved
Josefsson, J., Sandin, B., Hanson, K. & Balagopalan, S. (2023). Representing Children (1ed.). In: Sandin Bengt, Josefsson Jonathan, Hanson Karl, Balagopalan Sarada (Ed.), The Politics of Children’s Rights and Representation: (pp. 1-28). Palgrave Macmillan
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2023 (English)In: The Politics of Children’s Rights and Representation / [ed] Sandin Bengt, Josefsson Jonathan, Hanson Karl, Balagopalan Sarada, Palgrave Macmillan , 2023, 1, p. 1-28Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2023 Edition: 1
Series
Studies in Childhood and Youth, ISSN 2731-6467, E-ISSN 2731-6475
Keywords
Children, youth, rights, representation, politics.
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-184166 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-04480-9_1 (DOI)978-3-031-04479-3 (ISBN)978-3-031-04482-3 (ISBN)978-3-031-04480-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-04-05 Created: 2022-04-05 Last updated: 2023-06-14Bibliographically approved
Sandin, B., Josefsson, J., Hanson, K. & Balagopalan, S. (Eds.). (2023). The Politics of Children´s Rights and Representation (1ed.). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Politics of Children´s Rights and Representation
2023 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This edited volume investigates children and youth’s deep entanglement in today’s major global, national, and local transformations and processes: where in they are not mere spectators and objects of transformations but instead actively shape them through various social, economic, and political representations. International contributions illuminate the problems that arise when children’srights and participation become a site of contestation and power over whorepresents whom, what, when, and where. The authors do not provide simple solutions, instead offering an understanding of the fundamental nature of these problems as founded in the application of rights and the nature of representation in modern society. Together, the authors emphasize that child representation must take into account the local and spatial context of how representations of children are discussed, as well as possible discrepancies between local, regional,national, and global processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2023. p. 337 Edition: 1
Series
Studies in Childhood and Youth, ISSN 2731-6467, E-ISSN 2731-6475
Keywords
Children; youth; rights; representation; politics.
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-184121 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-04480-9 (DOI)978-3-031-04479-3 (ISBN)978-3-031-04482-3 (ISBN)978-3-031-04480-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-04-04 Created: 2022-04-04 Last updated: 2023-06-14Bibliographically approved
Josefsson, J. (2023). The representative breakthrough?: children and youth representation in the global governance of migration. In: J. Marshall Beier, Helen Berents (Ed.), Children, childhoods, and global politics: (pp. 87-100). Bristol: Bristol University Press, Sidorna 87-100
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The representative breakthrough?: children and youth representation in the global governance of migration
2023 (English)In: Children, childhoods, and global politics / [ed] J. Marshall Beier, Helen Berents, Bristol: Bristol University Press, 2023, Vol. Sidorna 87-100, p. 87-100Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Recent decades have demonstrated an unpresedented institutionalization and mainstreaming of children and youth participation in international decicion-making processes. In the UN system, children and youth have been identified as on one of the 'major groups' whose participation is critical for effective and just global governance of sustainable development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Bristol University Press, 2023
National Category
Social Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-199596 (URN)9781529232301 (ISBN)9781529232325 (ISBN)9781529232332 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-12-12 Created: 2023-12-12 Last updated: 2023-12-12Bibliographically approved
Josefsson, J. & Sandin, B. (2022). Inledning: Barn, unga och demokrati. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 124(2), 333-348
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2022 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 124, no 2, p. 333-348Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [sv]

I Sverige uppmärksammar vi nu 100-årsjubiléet av införandet av allmän och lika rösträtt 1918–1921. Sedan reformerna i början av 1900-talet har rösträtten och valbarheten utvidgats och fler grupper har getts möjlighet till demokratiskt deltagande. Samtidigt som denna expansion av medborgarskap har inkluderat fler grupper än tidigare kvarstår begränsningar i demokratiskt deltagande för andra. Inte minst gäller detta i relation till de ca 20 % av Sveriges befolkning under 18 år som inte har rösträtt och inte är valbara till politiska församlingar eller som partiföreträdare. Barns och ungas demokratiska och politiska representation har i stället tagit andra vägar. Inrättandet av Barnombudsmannen, Elevombudsmannen och Myndigheten för ungdoms och civilsamhällesfrågor, liksom implementeringen av barnkonventionen i sektorer som skola, vård, socialt arbete och kommunalt organiserade ungdomsråd har tydligt markerat att man från statsmaktens sida sett ett behov av att formalisera representationen av den unga grupp i samhället som inte har rösträtt eller är valbar till politiska församlingar. Vi har i det här temanumret samlat ett antal empiriska och teoretiska undersökningar om barn och ungas egna demokratiska deltagande och hur de representeras av andra i en samtida demokrati som Sverige. På detta sätt vill vi bygga vidare på de pågående kritiska diskussionerna inom statsvetenskapen om demokrati och representation och en växande mängd studier om barn, unga och politik. Vi vill därmed också peka på några av de möjligheter som ett särskilt fokus på barn och unga som politiska subjekt kan erbjuda för vår grundläggande förståelse av demokrati och politisk representation. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Fahlbeckska Stiftelsen, 2022
Keywords
Barn, unga, demokrati, representation
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-184159 (URN)
Available from: 2022-04-05 Created: 2022-04-05 Last updated: 2023-06-20Bibliographically approved
Josefsson, J. (2022). Lyssnandets politik: barns och ungas politiska representation i en tid av restriktiv migrationspolitik. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 124(2), 399-419
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2022 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 124, no 2, p. 399-419Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The listening to children and young people has been given a prominent role in today’s politics. However, there are good reasons to reflect more closely on the relationship between collective representation and self-organized political participation by children and youth to claim rights. The overall purpose of this article is to scrutinize how established political representation of children and youth relates to young people's own representative claims, and what theoretical issues this give rise to. By comparing the Swedish Children's Ombudsman´s annual reports with young Afghans political protests for a right to stay in Sweden, this article points to how right claims of different actors expose problematic tensions in how we conceive of political representation of young migrants in a time of restrictive migration politics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Fahlbeckska Stiftelsen, 2022
Keywords
Barn, unga, migration, representation, barnombudsmannen, protest, deportation
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-184145 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-00873
Available from: 2022-04-04 Created: 2022-04-04 Last updated: 2023-06-20Bibliographically approved
Josefsson, J. & Sandin, B. (Eds.). (2022). Tema: Barn, Unga och demokrati (nr 2ed.). Lund: Statsvetenskapliga förbundet
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2022 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Statsvetenskapliga förbundet, 2022 Edition: nr 2
Series
Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-203671 (URN)
Available from: 2024-05-23 Created: 2024-05-23 Last updated: 2024-05-30
Sandin, B. & Josefsson, J. (2022). The Reform that Never Happened: A History of Children’s Suffrage Restrictions. In: John Wall (Ed.), Exploring Children's Suffrage: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ageless Voting (pp. 131-152). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Reform that Never Happened: A History of Children’s Suffrage Restrictions
2022 (English)In: Exploring Children's Suffrage: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ageless Voting / [ed] John Wall, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan , 2022, p. 131-152Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter we discuss the history of children’s voting rights in Sweden. Despite the remarkable strengthening of children’s rights in Sweden in the late twentieth century, and the fact that proposals to expand children’s right to vote have continuously been filed, this has not resulted in a lowering of the voting age after 1974 when it was set to 18 years of age. At the same time a growing number of other countries have lowered the voting age. In this chapter we explore historical restrictions on children’s voting rights and possible explanations to why age limits to voting rights have not been lowered. The answers can be sought in how the age barriers on voting have been situated in relation to other political questions, to party-political dynamics, and to how the institutional framework around children’s rights has developed. The voting age has not been lowered largely because of institutional path dependencies and political barriers to change. Partly, apparently, because of the prolific development of democratic institutions and child inclusive policies. The Swedish case serves as an illustration of the complexity of the historical factors that influence changes in the age of voting, and the interplay between national and international processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022
Series
Studies in Childhood and Youth, ISSN 2731-6467, E-ISSN 2731-6475
National Category
History Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-201794 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-14541-4 (DOI)9783031145414 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2024-03-22 Created: 2024-03-22 Last updated: 2024-03-26Bibliographically approved
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