Accepted paper:

Papers, families and conflicts: everyday life stories of Congolese children and young people in Belgium


Barbara Truffin (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Paper short abstract:

This papers focuses on the daily negotiations of Congolese children and young people in a fragmented and plural normative framework.

Paper long abstract:

Based on an ongoing empirical research conducted in Belgium, the paper will present how children and young people with a Congolese background experience and conceive the tensions between different normative constraints in their daily lives. Through their narratives, the paper will present the contested meanings family values are attached to in a plural and transnational setting. The paper will especially address the ways administrative procedures and residence permits impinge on family relationships, affects and duties in the trajectories of those children and young people.

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Makers, brokers, breakers: children and young people in legally plural worlds (IUAES Commission on Legal Pluralism)