Exploring influences on adolescent identities in contexts of migration and displacement
22 June 2020, 13:00 to 14:00 Please note: this event has passed
Waterloo Bridge Wing, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, London
Please note that the date for this event has changed from 2 March to 22 June.
RefugeesWellSchool (RWS) is a large EU-funded project providing social support to secondary school students in contexts of migration and displacement. Emma Soye works on the project in UK schools and conducts ethnographic research, exploring how relational experiences – and their wider social, economic, and political contingencies – shape adolescent identities in these settings.
In this presentation, Emma will present initial findings from her first research site, a secondary school for boys in East London. She shows how all social identities, including those of ‘migrant’, ‘refugee’ and ‘host’, are socially constructed through relational practices and discourse. In doing so, she highlights social identities as multiple and intersecting, thereby challenging dominant academic and media representations of the ‘migrant’ as a monolithic social identity.
She puts forward a more nuanced, grounded view of individuals – and how they relate to each other – in contexts of migration and displacement, and considers implications for research and practice.
About the speaker
Emma Soye is a PhD student at the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex. She is researching school-based interventions for the wellbeing of refugee and migrant adolescents in Europe.
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