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Author Plann, Susan, author.

Title Coming of age in Madrid : an oral history of unaccompanied Moroccan migrant minors / Susan Plann
Published Eastbourne, UK ; Chicago, IL : Sussex Academic Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 344 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; About this Research; Moroccan Migration: A Historical Overview; Moroccan Emigration: The View from Morocco; Moroccan Immigration: The View from Spain; Organization of this Book; PART ONE: Moroccan Boyhood; 2 Life before Migration; 3 A Culture of Leaving; Reasons for Leaving: Push; Reasons for Leaving: Pull; The Outliers; 4 Preparing to "Burn"; Parental Attitudes toward Minor Children's Migration; Living Arrangements; Breaching the Port; 5 Perils of the Port; A Primer on Unauthorized Emigration; Survival Lessons
Bereaved Families, Disappeared ChildrenBereaved Families, Disappeared Children; 6 Departure; Try, Try Again; The Crossing; Toward a New Life; Toward a New Life; PART TWO: MENAs in Madrid; 7 Arrival; In a Strange Land; Calling Home; Calling Home; The Un/Kindness of Strangers; The Police Station; The Age Assessment Test; Entering a Shelter, Leaving a Shelter; Entering a Shelter, Leaving a Shelter; Welcome to Madrid; Choosing a Path; 8 The Crucible: Life in the ChildProtection System; Residential Life; Practicing Islam; Learning Spanish, Going to School, Learning a Trade
Navigating the Moroccan Community in SpainNavigating Public Language Use; Navigating the Metro; 13 Negotiating Acculturation, Negotiating Identity; Negotiating Acculturation; Negotiating Gender Relations and Gender Roles; Negotiating Language; Negotiating Islam; Negotiating Identity; PART FIVE: Lessons Learned; 14 Taking Stock; Worth It?; Advice to MENAs-in-Waiting; 15 Conclusion; Clandestine Emigration from Morocco Today; Moroccan Child Migrants in Spain: Lessons Learned; Final Thoughts; Postscript; Notes; Works Cited; Index; Back Cover
Skirmishes with the PoliceSkirmishes with the Police; Repatriation; PART THREE: From MENAs to Men; 9 Aging Out: Twenty is theNew Thirty; First Things First; Continuing Education; Encounters with the Law; Vakansya: The First Trip Home; Dreams Deferred, Dreams Come True; Looking to the Future; 10 Coming-of-Age Stories; Idris; Farid; Rayan; Samir; Walid; El-Habib; PART FOUR: Integration, Discrimination, Acculturation, Identity; 11 Negotiating Integration; Negotiating Social Relations; Negotiating Romance; Negotiating Marriage; 12 Navigating Prejudice; Navigating the Spaniards
Summary "Coming of Age in Madrid is a longitudinal study of twenty-seven Moroccan youth who migrated to Madrid as unaccompanied minors, passed their adolescence in the Spanish child-care system, and embarked on their lives as young adults; interviews were conducted over a period of six years in Spain and Morocco. The stories begin with narrators' lives in Morocco, contextualizing their migratory experience, then follows them - children traveling alone - as they across the Strait of Gibraltar and make their way to Madrid; the study also engages with those who were deported, crossing the Strait once again as they were returned to Morocco. Using qualitative interviews to capture narrators' accounts in their own words, this oral history examines their identity trans/formation, integration, and acculturation in Spain. Their individual voices and their collective wisdom contribute to an understanding of their experiences and by extension, that of unaccompanied child migrants everywhere, revealing larger lessons to be learned. Documenting their transition into adulthood, the book poses the crucial question, What becomes of unaccompanied migrant minors when they come of age? Unaccompanied minor migration is on the rise throughout the world, it is the new normal. As Spain and other nations grapple with increasing numbers of unaccompanied children on their borders, the importance of this study has immediate relevance for government policies and migration research"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Moroccans -- Spain -- Madrid -- Interviews
Moroccans -- Spain -- Madrid -- Social conditions
Unaccompanied immigrant children -- Spain -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Unaccompanied immigrant children -- Spain -- Madrid -- Interviews
Unaccompanied immigrant children -- Spain -- Madrid
Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
Emigration and immigration.
Moroccans -- Social conditions.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Emigration & Immigration.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Unaccompanied immigrant children.
Morocco -- Emigration and immigration
Spain -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy
Spain -- Emigration and immigration.
Spain -- Madrid.
Genre/Form Interviews.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1782845593