Palgrave Studies on Children and Development

Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations

The Karen and the Gift of Education

Authors: Jolliffe, Pia

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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.

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Dr Pia Jolliffe is a member of the Las Casas Institute as a research scholar of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. She is also Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. Her publications focus on life transitions and aspirations within a context of migration and international development, refugees as well as the role of prisons and forced labour during the colonization of Japan´s northern island Hokkaido.   

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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)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations
Book Subtitle
The Karen and the Gift of Education
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies on Children and Development
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57218-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57218-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57217-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 180
Number of Illustrations
10 illustrations in colour
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