Child and Youth Exile as a Place of Memory

Edited by:
Marisa González de Oleaga, UNED
Carolina Meloni González, Universidad de Zaragoza
Carola Saiegh Dorín, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

A volume in the series: History and Society: Integrating social, political and economic sciences. Editor(s): Jaan Valsiner, Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University. Søren Dosenrode, Aalborg University. Mario Carretero, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Published 2024

This book provides a set of testimonies that bring into focus the children and adolescents who have been driven from their lands as subjects with rights who have different ways of envisioning the world. For that reason, this book may be of interest to those experiencing childhood or adolescence in this way; similarly, it may offer insight for those who—for professional or family reasons—are in touch with these young people, including teachers, psychologists, parents, classmates and teens, counselors, social workers and others. Yet within these pages, the landscapes we sketch are also, in some sense, reflections of past atmospheres. And for this reason, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and other scholars will also find material for academic investigation herein. As values and beliefs come into play in this book, it can inform perspectives on ethics or political philosophy as well.

The relationship with others, the behaviors unique to children and adolescents—and the corresponding social sanctions of these behaviors—and the relationship between public and private during this period of life could be other areas to explore. Like the indecipherable Swiss army knife, the genre of this book is difficult to pinpoint. It is an essay but also a piece of literature and the discerning reader will also find historiographical, philosophical, and political reflections in these pages. One more book. Another book. Books are almost always an adventure and what is written therein is, like a map, only part of the journey. An important part, no doubt, but still merely a part. Experience—the true challenge—is up to the reader.

CHAPTER 1: Links on a Chain, Marisa González de Oleaga. CHAPTER 2: No One’s Land/Everything Once Mine, Marisa González de Oleaga. CHAPTER 3: Ritornello: Exile as Refuge, Carolina Meloni González. CHAPTER 4: Raising One’s Voice or Unable to Speak, Carola Saiegh Dorín. CHAPTER 5: A Call to Action: Repoliticizing Exile. Epilogue. References. Biographies.