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Between empowerment and powerlessness: Separated minors in Sweden

Gustafsson, Kristina LU ; Fioretos, Ingrid LU and Norström, Eva LU (2012) In New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development 136(136). p.65-77
Abstract
This article analyzes the migration experiences of thirteen separated minors who arrived in Sweden between 1943 and 2008. Using the framework of the “liberated self” this chapter shows that the experiences of separated minors are shaped in the intersection between contexts and conditions of transnational migration and the Swedish reception system. Their efforts to continue living based on the past and building a new life during a period of transition between different countries and between childhood and adulthood can be described as “a life on hold.” The paradox that migration serves simultaneously to empower and render children powerless is discussed.
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Separated minors, independent child migration, empowerment, powerlessness, Sweden
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New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
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136
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136
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65 - 77
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John Wiley & Sons
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  • wos:000322315300005
  • scopus:84862191233
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1534-8687
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10.1002/cad.20011
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English
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  author       = {Gustafsson, Kristina and Fioretos, Ingrid and Norström, Eva},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {136},
  pages        = {65--77},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development},
  title        = {Between empowerment and powerlessness: Separated minors in Sweden},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cad.20011},
  volume       = {136},
  year         = {2012},
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