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"Sharks and Sprats"

Polish Immigrant Teenage Children in Ireland

Author(s): Beata Sokolowska
Subject: Irish Studies

Book Description

This book is based on reflexivity and offers a snapshot of migration from Poland to Ireland with a special focus on transnational migratory practices. It evidences how young people articulate and negotiate their identities and pathways through peer hierarchies during their second culture acquisition.

This book has two purposes. The first is to give a voice to a particular group of immigrants – namely, Polish immigrant teenage children in Ireland. By exploring issues of children as social actors, this book thereby moves children from passive research objects to real and active participants of the contemporary transnational migration. The second is to highlight the importance of intercultural dialogue and the need for the practical endorsement of a truly inclusive intercultural education.

The structure of this book reflects the approach of studying acculturation within its dimensionality and domain specificity, using diverse research techniques. It not only widens our knowledge of the migratory perspectives of youth, highlighting the educational needs of immigrant children, but also addresses many gaps in our understanding of migratory teenagers’ modus operandi in adapting to cultural diversity. By adopting this perspective, the book contributes to a growing body of educational and sociological literature by making important inroads into our understanding of the acculturation process, predominantly with regard to our perception of the acculturation strategies, attitudes, and outcomes in the context of the interculturalism of youth.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9009-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9009-X
Date of Publication: 01/06/2016
Pages / Size: 175 / A5
Price: £41.99


Beata Sokolowska received her PhD in Social Sciences from Trinity College Dublin in 2014. Her doctoral thesis focused on the cultural integration of Polish immigrant teenagers in Ireland. Her key area of interest lies in the sociology of migration. Her more recent work includes studies on transnational migration, support measures for immigrant children, and cultural and religious diversity in Irish schools. She is also an active member of the European Sociological Association (ESA), and board member of ESA RN35 Sociology of Migration.