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Everyday Ruptures
Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective

Editor(s): Cati Coe, Rachel R. Reynolds, Deborah A. Boehm, Julia Meredith Hess, Heather Rae-Espinoza

When people--whether children, youth, or adults--migrate, that migration is often perceived as a rupture, with people separated by great distances and for extended periods of time. But for migrants and those affected by migration, the everyday persists, and migration itself may be critical to the continuation of social life. Everyday Ruptures illuminates the wide-ranging continuities and disruptions in the experiences of children around the world, those who participate in and those who are affected by migration.

The book is organized around four themes:
• how children's agency is affected by institutions, families, and beliefs
• how families and individuals create and maintain kin ties in conditions of rupture
• how emotion and affect are linked to global divisions and flows
• how the actions of states create ruptures and continuities

Biography of Editor(s)

Cati Coe is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University.
Rachel R. Reynolds is Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University.
Deborah A. Boehm is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at the University of Nevada-Reno.
Julia Meredith Hess is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Prevention and Population Sciences, Department of Pediatrics, University of New Mexico.
Heather Rae-Espinoza is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development, California State University-Long Beach.


  • "In Everyday Ruptures, a group of international, interdisciplinary scholars illuminate the crucial migration experiences of children and youth. Their essays introduce us to a fascinating variety of migration worlds, ranging from Britain to Ghana, Ecuador, Mexico and more. The volume vividly contributes to our understanding of globalization's human impact."
    --Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University, author of Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy