Teaching Migrant Children: Debates, Policies, and Practices in West German and Europe, 1949–1992 Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Lehman, Brittany
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • In theory, based on the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, all children have the right to education. Yet, what that right entails is still contested, particularly for ostensibly temporary residents. This dissertation uses an interdisciplinary and transnational approach combining history and education research as well as drawing on political science to examine the debates on and policies towards the education of migrant children in the Federal Republic of Germany between its founding in 1949 and the signing of Treaty of Maastricht in 1992, with a focus on children with Italian, Greek, and Turkish citizenship in the states of Baden-Württemberg, West Berlin, and North Rhine-Westphalia. Through these case studies, the dissertation examines not only the changing debates and policies of federal and state governments responsible for the implementation of education policies. It also analyzes how the migrants’ countries of citizenship attempted to influence their schooling abroad, the role the European Community played, and the influence of children’s parents. Examining 40 years of regional, national, and transnational debates and policies within their changing historic context, this study demonstrates how different integrative or exclusionary school initiatives were developed and their impact on different groups of migrant children. It argues that given incompatible state interests and the arrival of continually new waves of migrants, there cannot be a single, perfect answer, but that even imperfect solutions are better than none.
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  • Reid, Donald
  • Jarausch, Konrad Hugo
  • Shields, Sarah
  • Hagemann, Karen
  • Pennybacker, Susan
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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