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Sarah Crafter: Contestation at the borderlands between migration, childhood and care: An exploration of child language brokers and lone child migrants

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This talk was recorded and presented for the launch of the OPRC, Opening Psychology for Changing Times in Summer 2021.

In this talk, Sarah Crafter draws on her work with child language brokers and separated child migrants to argue that when psychology is ‘OPEN’ to viewing childhood through a critical-developmental lens, we can better understand the richness and complexities of diverse childhoods. In particular, she looks at the intersection between migration, childhood and care to show the kinds of contributions and resources young people bring to the lives of others following migration to a new country.

Key Readings:

Crafter, S., Rosen, R & Meetoo, V. (online first). Precarious care and (dis)connections: Adults working with separated child migrants in England and their understandings of care. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation.

Crafter, S. & Iqbal, H. (2020) Drawing on the notion of the contact zone to explore the dialogical positionalities in ‘non-normative’ childhoods: How children who language broker manage conflict. Review of General Psychology, 24(1), 31-42.

Crafter, S., Abreu, de.G., Cline, T & O’Dell, L. (2014). Using the vignette methodology as a tool for exploring cultural identity positions. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, Vol.28(1), 83-96.