Revisiting Childhood Resilience Through Marginalised and Displaced Voices

Perspectives from the past and present

Wendy Sims-Schouten


ISBN: 9781800087736

Publication: February 03, 2025

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Despite many decades of research into childhood resilience, there is little consensus therein. Key terms are poorly defined, positioning marginalised and displaced children as objects rather than co-producers of knowledge. Research and practice frame resilience through individualised models of health and abnormality. These models emphasise individual responsibility over systemic oppression, ignoring personal marginalised voices and experiences, and the contribution of appropriate needs-based assistance. Resilience needs rethinking.

Revisiting Childhood Resilience through Marginalised and Displaced Voices uses an interdisciplinary approach to challenge current childhood resilience research and practice. The culmination of ten years of research and publications around childhood resilience, the book draws upon data collected from and co-produced with children, young people and adults from marginalised, disadvantaged and displaced communities. In so doing, it highlights the transformative potential of stories told by marginalised and displaced children, past and present. When these narratives are prioritised, they disrupt, counter and draw critical attention to coping strategies in light of adversity and oppression, to inform creative research and policymaking. Centralising the voices of care leavers, young people who are bullied, members from minority ethnic communities and former migrants/refugees, among others, Wendy Sims-Schouten shines a light on 150 years of marginalised voices and experiences in relation to resilience.

Wendy Sims-Schouten is Professor of Interdisciplinary Psychology and Director of Arts & Sciences at UCL.

List of illustrations

1 Introduction: counter-voices of resilience
2 Waifs, strays and care experienced young people: compliance, defiance and morality
3 Eclectic resilience – child migration through children’s eyes
4 Bullying and resilience within a neoliberal framework
5 Resilience in light of discrimination, stigmas and othering
6 Resisting internalised failure and deficiency – (specific) learning difficulties and differences in children and young people
7 Intergenerational/transgenerational trauma, lived experiences and resilience
8 Eclectic resilience: tell me your story!


Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 × 13 mm

238 Pages

B&W illustrations

Copyright: © 2025

ISBN: 9781800087736

Publication: February 03, 2025

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