Key Incidents in Child-Centred Migration Research: Exploring Methodological and Epistemological Implications of Child–Researcher Interaction

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    This article explores what it means, methodologically and epistemologically, for researchers to familiarise
    themselves with children through participant observation during child-centred migration research. The article
    argues against dichotomising researchers and children into outsiders and insiders. Instead, researcher–child
    interaction is the starting point for acquiring knowledge, generally, and about integration and migration, in
    particular. This article is informed by intersectionality and positioning theory, and uses an analysis of two ‘key
    incidents’ from child-centred fieldwork to demonstrate that a key incident is a suitable starting point for understanding the conditions of migrant children and youth. First, because the incidents may reveal how researchers,
    children and youth become familiar with one another through social interaction, and second, because dynamics
    and structures that prevail in the larger context of the school and society are crystallised in key incidents.
    TidsskriftZnanstveno Raziskovalno Sredisce Republike Slovenije. Annales. Series Historia et Sociologia
    Udgave nummer4
    Sider (fra-til)575-586
    StatusUdgivet - 30. dec. 2020


    • Key incidents
    • child-centred approach
    • familiarising
    • positioning
    • intersectionality