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In Between The Netherlands And Morocco: ‘Home’ And Belonging Of Dutch Moroccan Return Migrant And Abandoned Children In Northeast Morocco

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In exploring how the concepts of children's agency and home/belonging are related to one another and which research methods are appropriate in the study of children, the author choses to compare children of different age categories. The chapter focuses on two main categories: return migrant children and abandoned children. The group of abandoned children consists of three categories: children who were born in the Netherlands and then abandoned in Morocco, children who were born after their mothers were abandoned in Morocco and formerly abandoned children who have returned to the Netherlands. These different categories of children provides a better understanding of different forms of belonging and the role of agency herein. The chapter elaborates how children are conceptualised in anthropological research, and discusses the concepts of agency and home/ belonging. It includes reflections on the methodology and results of fieldwork in Morocco.

Keywords: children's agency; Morocco; Netherlands



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