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Political strategies of self-representation: The case of young Afghan migrants in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3446-9723
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.  

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Palgrave Macmillan , 2023, 1. p. 275-299
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Child and Youth Studies, ISSN 2731-6467, E-ISSN 2731-6475
Keywords [en]
Child, youth, strategies, self-representation, migration, deportation, political representation
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-184167DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-04480-9_12ISBN: 978-3-031-04479-3 (print)ISBN: 978-3-031-04482-3 (print)ISBN: 978-3-031-04480-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-184167DiVA, id: diva2:1650060
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Swedish Research Council, 2018-00873Available from: 2022-04-05 Created: 2022-04-05 Last updated: 2023-06-14Bibliographically approved

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