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Discourses of agency and power in lives of Burmese migrant children in Tak province, Thailand

Stetsko, Victoria (2012)
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Abstract
This research aims to identify the extent to wgich concepts of childhood originated in the West influence the perceptions and representations of Burmese migrant children living in Thailand by non-governmental and community-based organizations working with these children. Theoretical foundation is built upon conceptions of childhood, agency and empowerment as well as on academic theories related to these concepts. Viewing children through the lens of “exported” childhood contributes to victimizing them, denying their agency and power. This approach creates vicious circle of voice deprivation, subordination and marginalization of migrant children. Using discourse analysis, the study found out the tendency to portray children in the way that... (More)
This research aims to identify the extent to wgich concepts of childhood originated in the West influence the perceptions and representations of Burmese migrant children living in Thailand by non-governmental and community-based organizations working with these children. Theoretical foundation is built upon conceptions of childhood, agency and empowerment as well as on academic theories related to these concepts. Viewing children through the lens of “exported” childhood contributes to victimizing them, denying their agency and power. This approach creates vicious circle of voice deprivation, subordination and marginalization of migrant children. Using discourse analysis, the study found out the tendency to portray children in the way that highlights and exhibits their vulnerability in NGO reports, while interviewed representatives of aid and community organizations shared perceptions reflecting diversity of children’s experiences. (Less)
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author
Stetsko, Victoria
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
migrant children, exported model of childhood, agency, power, Thailand, nongovernmental, organizations, community organizations
language
English
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3460106
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2013-02-11 11:19:48
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  abstract     = {This research aims to identify the extent to wgich concepts of childhood originated in the West influence the perceptions and representations of Burmese migrant children living in Thailand by non-governmental and community-based organizations working with these children. Theoretical foundation is built upon conceptions of childhood, agency and empowerment as well as on academic theories related to these concepts. Viewing children through the lens of “exported” childhood contributes to victimizing them, denying their agency and power. This approach creates vicious circle of voice deprivation, subordination and marginalization of migrant children. Using discourse analysis, the study found out the tendency to portray children in the way that highlights and exhibits their vulnerability in NGO reports, while interviewed representatives of aid and community organizations shared perceptions reflecting diversity of children’s experiences.},
  author       = {Stetsko, Victoria},
  keyword      = {migrant children,exported model of childhood,agency,power,Thailand,nongovernmental,organizations,community organizations},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Discourses of agency and power in lives of Burmese migrant children in Tak province, Thailand},
  year         = {2012},
}