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Belonging and participation in liminality: Unaccompanied children in Finland and Sweden
University of Oulu, Faculty of Education, Finland.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1035-0544
2016 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article investigates children’s participation and sense of belonging from the perspective of unaccompanied children, based on two qualitative research projects with unaccompanied children in Sweden and Finland. The results show that the unaccompanied children’s own understanding of their participation and belonging in different positions was fluid; for instance, the borders between childhood and adulthood, and striving for independence or wanting to be cared for by adults were flexible, allowing the children’s movement within and between the categories.

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Ulrika Wernesjö , 2016.
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unaccompanied children, participation, belonging, age, gender, Nordic context
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-129034DOI: 10.1177/0907568216649104OAI: diva2:934632
Available from: 2016-06-09 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2016-08-19

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