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Children of migration as brokers of 'care'

Sarah Crafter

The Open University hosted Sarah Crafter’s inaugural lecture on 30 November 2021.

Sarah Crafter, Professor in Cultural-Developmental Psychology in the School of Psychology and Counselling in the OU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, explored what it means for children and young people to be ‘brokers of care’ in the context of migration.

Drawing on her research with child language brokers (young translators) and separated child migrants, Professor Crafter explored transitions to adulthood through a sociocultural and critical psychological lens. By doing so, transitions are a dynamic process of change influenced by wider discourses and practices about what means to be a child and how we think about childhood across different socio -cultural, political and historical contexts. Intersecting with this wider landscape is a focus on dynamic change that occurs within a person’s sphere of experience, and in the interactions and relationships with others and objects.

Watch the recording of Professor Sarah Crafter’s inaugural lecture:

About Professor Sarah Crafter

Sarah Crafter is a Professor in Cultural-Developmental Psychology in the School of Psychology and Counselling in the OU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Her work is broadly interested in young people’s migration experiences and how they impact on their everyday lives, particularly transitions to adulthood. She is currently undertaking the following projects relating to this topic:Children Caring on the Move; NEW ABC: Networking the educational world: Across boundaries for community-building and Empowering Young Language Brokers for Inclusion in Diversity (EYLBID).

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