Children Crossing Borders
Latin American Migrant Childhoods
Unified in their common interest in the well-being of children, the contributors bring an unrivaled breadth of experience and research to offer a transnational, multidimensional, and multilayered look at migrant childhoods in Latin America. Organized around three main themes—educational experiences; literature, art and culture, and media depictions; and the principle of the “best interest of the child”—this work offers both theoretical and practical approaches to the complexity of migrant childhood. The essays discuss family and school lives, children’s experience as wage laborers, and the legislation and policies that affect migrants.
This volume draws much-needed attention to the plight of migrant children and their families, illuminating the human and emotional toll that children experience as they crisscross the Americas. Exploring the connections between education, policy, cultural studies, and anthropology, the essays in this volume navigate a space of transnational children’s rights central to Latin American life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Lina M. Caswell
Alejandra J. Josiowicz
Patrícia Nabuco Martuscelli
María Inés Pacecca
“The attentive, sensitive essays in this book invite reflection on the experiences of migrant children and young people in the multifaceted Latin American context, illuminating how these individuals negotiate, interpolate, resignify, and reinvent the border zones that constitute and penetrate their lives. The discussions in this collection will most certainly appeal to scholars and activists, as well as to any professionals directly concerned with issues of migration and with the promotion of the human rights of children and young people. Texts will also be of great value to readers who wish to approach the field from a bottom-up perspective—one centered on the views offered by young migrants in interaction with researchers.”—Rosana Kohl Bines, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro