Grounding Childhood (Trans)National Identities in the Everyday

Varvantakis, Christos; Dragonas, Thalia; Askouni, Nelly and Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa. 2018. Grounding Childhood (Trans)National Identities in the Everyday. Children & Society, 33(1), pp. 68-81. ISSN 0951-0605 [Article]

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This paper engages with the lived and experiential aspects of (trans)national identities in childhood, through the exploration of an ethnographic biography of a Greek-Albanian boy in Athens. Through a grounded ethnographic approach, we examine the ways in which he experiences and negotiates his (trans)national identity. Our analysis demonstrates the everyday subtle and sophisticated understanding of the complexities and contradictions of national identities, and the child’s own positioning within that. In conclusion, we suggest that interdisciplinary approaches should be assumed in the study of (trans)national identities in childhood, and ones that are grounded in children’s own meaning making of their experiences of such identities.

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The research was funded by the European Research Council Starting Grant (ERC-StG-335514) to Sevasti-Melissa Nolas. The research in Athens was managed by Christos Varvantakis who also carried out all the fieldwork. Nelly Askouni and Thalia Dragonas are study advisors who contributed to the analysis presented in this paper.


agency, ethnicity, international childhoods, national identity, transnational families

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26 September 2018Accepted
14 October 2018Published Online
21 December 2018Published

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10 Oct 2018 09:45

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26 Sep 2019 01:26

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