Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations: The Karen and the Gift of Education - Palgrave Studies on Children and Development (Hardback)
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Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations: The Karen and the Gift of Education - Palgrave Studies on Children and Development (Hardback)

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Hardback 180 Pages / Published: 21/09/2016
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Focusing on the Karen people in Burma, Thailand and the United Kingdom, this book analyses how global, regional and local developments affect patterns of learning. It combines historical and ethnographic research to explore the mutual shaping of intergenerational relations and children's practical and formal learning within a context of migration and socio-political change. In this endeavour, Pia Jolliffe discusses traditional patterns of socio-cultural learning within Karen communities as well as the role of Christian missionaries in introducing schooling to the Karen in Burma and in Thailand. This is followed by an analysis of children's migration for education in northern Thailand where state schools often encourage students' aspirations towards upward social mobility at the same time as schools reproduce social inequality between the rural Karen and urban Thai society. The author draws attention to international humanitarian agencies who deliver education to refugees and migrants at the Thai-Burma border, as well as the role of UK government schools in the process of resettling Karen refugees. In this way, the book analyses the connections between learning, migration and intergenerational relations in households, schools and other institutions at the local, regional and global level.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137572172
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 3645 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 17 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2016


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"Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations describes how minor ethnic groups engage with education, particularly when they are marginalized and displaced. ... it is particularly appealing to readers who are interested in the issues of education, migration, ethnic studies, and international development." (In Cheol Jang, The European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 31, 2019)

"This book contributes to the literature on the Karen, in particular their education, schooling and migration. It provides rich descriptions of young people's schooling experiences, their aspirations and their trajectories. ... This book fills a gap in studies on the Karen and provides us with a better understanding of the learning and migration experiences and aspirations of Thai Karen and of Myanmar Karen who live or have lived in refugee camps." (Su-Ann ho, SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Vol. 33 (1), March, 2018)

"Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations offers a new insight into a particular ethnic group's engagement with education. ... Joliffe's Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations should have appeal to a wide audience. The author's ability to combine academic and narrative genres provides relevance to readers across many interest areas, including but not limited to, Southeast Asian, ethnic and/or cultural studies, education, social justice, development, religious-based programmes and inter-generational relations." (Shirley Worland, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 47 (3), March, 2017)

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