Children's Conceptions of Otherness: Constructions of the 'moral Self' and Implications for Experiences of Migration'
Three themes emerge from the analysis: the normality of difference and the importance of the personal as moral; practices of justice; and the ‘taken-for-granted’ as the basis for categorizing the ‘strange’. From what we can discern from these three themes, we do not find evidence of a fetishization of difference or of a fundamentalised worldview that attempts to protect certain values from loss, damage or alteration. However we also find that the presence of strangers is unsettling because it often makes visible practices that were previously unnoticed or not reflected upon. By examining the identity work of children who are not of a migration background, we explore implications for how recognition claims made by children from migrant backgrounds might be received.