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