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Perverse Identities

Identities in Conflict


Edited By Flocel Sabate

The urgent need for the study of exclusive identities in conflict is ever more apparent in a globalizing world in which societies are becoming multicultural and complex and in which inter-cultural contact and the co-existence of languages and cultures comes increasingly to bear on the construction of plural identities. The present book considers perversion in the construction of identity and the perverse usage of identity in areas such as social cohesion – xenophobia, racism, ostracism, rejection, ageism, marginalisation – and the mismanagement of linguistic identity, language groups and associated discriminatory practise arising out of historical and culturally based discrimination. The texts were submitted in an international meeting held in the Institute for Identities and Societies of the University on Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) in November 2012.
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Cultural Bricolage on Minors who Migrate on Their Own


Chabier GIMENO

Universidad de Zaragoza

1. Minors who migrate on their own

The administratively known in Spain as “unaccompanied foreign minors” are those youngsters and children who, in recent years, are migrating irregularly to Europe on their own without any family references. Youngsters that hold a double condition of minors (to be protected and hosted) and of foreigners (to be controlled, and expelled if in an irregular status).

The Spanish and international child protection legislation states that every single child, whatever his nationality and means of access to any state territory, should be guarded by the administration until he reaches the adult age, because of their legally declared situation of helplessness. Hence, most of these teens are hosted by local public child protection bodies.

Our research on these institutionally fostered minors in Aragon1 began back in 2006. During this period there was a significant increase of unaccompanied minors who illegally migrated to Spain, and new reception centres had to be created in many Autonomous Communities (first-level political and administrative division of Spain). From the qualitative analysis of our professional praxis at that first stage, focused on observation, we developed a research that has included interviews with ← 527 | 528 → technicians of the local public administration, with those in charge of private entities, with employees under the latter, with second actors such as forensics or national police, and with the children themselves as well. Having accessed the Database Information System of Aragon...

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