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Children, politics and communicationParticipation at the margins$
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Nigel Thomas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421845

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.001.0001

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Between a rock and a hard place: negotiating age and identity in the UK asylum system1

Between a rock and a hard place: negotiating age and identity in the UK asylum system1

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(p.89) Five Between a rock and a hard place: negotiating age and identity in the UK asylum system1
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Children, politics and communication
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Heaven Crawley

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0006

This chapter discusses the experiences of separated children who seek asylum in the UK, and their attempts to negotiate the complex array of individuals and institutions with whom they come into contact, which are increasingly well documented. It examines how children's experiences of conflict, of human rights abuses, and of loss are assessed and interpreted. It draws in particular on the experiences of children whose physical appearance and personal stories lead them to be ‘age disputed’ and treated as adults.

Keywords:   separated children, asylum, UK, conflict, human rights abuses, age, adults

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