Migration is an emotional experience, and so is the policy and research work associated with it. Yet, discussions on emotions and affect remain largely absent from the literature on children and youth migration. Writing auto-ethnographically, I revisit my research with/about young Lao migrants with the aim of teasing out how emotions, of young migrants, of my own and in policy making emerged in relation to various dimensions of young people’s migration. On this basis I make the case for appreciating emotions as knowledge. While emotions are ‘moving’ in an affective sense, I proceed by arguing the productive dimension of emotions through the idea of the emotive as ‘knowledge that moves’. I substantiate this point by discussing instances in which emotions as a particular form of knowledge ‘move’ research decisions, policy making processes, theorizing the youthful dimension of migration as well as the interpersonal relations through which ethnographic research is realized.

Affect, autoethnography, emotions, migration, policy, Southeast Asia, youth
dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2018.1468869, hdl.handle.net/1765/106154
Children's Geographies
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Huijsmans, R.B.C. (2018). ‘Knowledge that moves’: emotions and affect in policy and research with young migrants. Children's Geographies, 1–14. doi:10.1080/14733285.2018.1468869