Children’s rights in the context of multiculturalism. Janusz Korczak revisited, is a book which is exceptional due to
its innovative concept of inscribing Korczakian thought and ideas in childhood discourse through the prism of
selected aspects of multiculturalism. This reference of Korczakian spirit to such problems as little known aspects
and historical contexts of children’s rights, the problem of child migration, marginalisation of children and
childhood, racial differences, childhood discrimination based on geographical location, childhoods entangled in
mutually contradictory values or childhoods beyond borders seems a very apt, creative measure, important with regard to its academic and didactic value.
Through the texts presented in their volume, Manfred Liebel and Urszula Markowska-Manista show that original and interesting reflections on the sense and topicality of Korczak’s outlook on life as well as his approach to
children and their place in society are possible; that as constantly, inexhaustibly rich in its genius, Korczak’s thought can be applied in a multidimensional reality, to multiple situations, varied times, cultures, problems, including dramatic phenomena. (…) I believe that it is a publication that fills a peculiar niche in Polish discourse on children’s rights (…). I think the
book has an enormous potential to inspire Polish researchers through presenting a number of aspects and areas of exploration which are interesting and nearly “virgin” for Polish discourse. I also consider it to be particularly
valuable through the perspective of childhood studies as a research formation that is only being developed in Poland.
From the scientific review by Prof. Ewa Jarosz
The book consists of interdisciplinary papers from the field of social sciences that investigate the issues of high ethical, social, educational, political and economic importance […]. It reveals areas of social marginalization, which will have unforeseeable social consequences and contains some proven methods outlined and ready for implementation that may help to prevent social catastrophes of the future. The Introduction that opens the publication is the actual heart of the book as it skillfully ties all the diverse papers into one, single-theme monography.
From the scientific review by Prof. Anna Odrowąż-Coates
“[The book] is well embedded in the literature of the subject and its authors demonstrated not only great competence but also sensitivity to the problems of children and young people from culturally diverse backgrounds. It is unique in the way of taking up many important issues for the research – the problems that are being solved. I think the book will be welcomed with great interest […] by teachers, future teachers as well as intercultural education researchers. It should also be provided for educational politicians who design educational changes, who – also in Poland – should take into account changes related to the increasing cultural diversity (…).”
From the scientific review by prof. Anna Szafrańska
„[The] book edited by Urszula Markowska-Manista, supports a free and open discourse. Activism, research, social creativity and responsibility for the world we share with children, are combined in a unique way. (…) The problems the authors are facing and are describing and explaining as challenges are particular moments in their areas of expertise. This helps professionals in the fields as readers of the book, to grow in their ambitions, their knowledge and their perspectives. This helps scientist too, to understand methodologically different approaches and the link between these approaches, the vulnerability of respective children and childhoods and the questions that arise in society and finally in research that involve projects and the longing for change.”
From the scientific review by prof. Claudia Maier-Höfer
The book is an excellent example of how to create a platform for an exchange of thoughts and experience as well as enable mutual learning between students, young academics and experienced scholars representing various fields of science. The publication not only shows how to analyse, research and solve particular problems related primarily to immigrant and refugee children and their families, but it addresses the need to problematize them and undertake new subjects of research. This aim is achieved through the combination of academically diverse approaches to the problems addressed. The texts collected in the book can certainly serve as an inspiration to improve praxis in the fields that are of interest to the authors of the articles, and they contribute to the promotion of a culturally sensitive language which takes into consideration every person’s right to respect one’s dignity, which is an exceptionally important task in the face of the migration crisis (…). I believe that the monograph will be received with great interest by various Readers, particularly academics – scholars researching global transformations, social problems, cultural diversity, migration, refugeeism, integration practices, the development and adaptation of children and youth as well as adults who need support with regard to their difficult situation. The book will certainly be an important read for the students of teacher training studies, teachers as well as education policy makers who design educational reforms.
From the scientific review by Prof. Joanna Madalińska-Michalak
The three chapters that structure the unique contributions of scientists form different parts of Europe, Turkey and Russia qualify in its entirety for a methodically and practically deep concern for all children. The national and global specifics are represented in terms of pedagogical and psychological questions, concepts and historical background analysis. The researchers are especially comprehensive in giving valuable information about children’s ways of experiencing social and political structures that are connected to their subjectivity and agency. (…) The sensitivity necessary to create a representation of hidden and unseen situations children are facing in different societies is impressing. The author’s approaches are singular and specific according to the challenges they recognize as their part of the processes and dynamics – politically, culturally and especially inter-culturally – to include children’s lives into the consciousness of our contemporary reality. (…) The publication offers suggestions to improve the quality of discourse and practice in the name of all children and their interests.
From the scientific review by Prof. Claudia Maier-Höfer
The book An Introspective Approach to Women’s Intercultural Fieldwork, edited by Urszula Markowska-Manista and Justyna Pilarska, is a very extraordinary and valuable monograph. Its originality lies with its innovative juxtaposition of three discursive dimensions: female voice in research, theoretical and methodological dilemmas of fieldwork and its application to distant environments. As such, the book combines two main threads of thought: On one hand it confronts a reader with questions such as: Does something like
female research exist? In what way is female researcher situation diﬀerent from that of man researcher; does (and how) this inﬂuence the research (selection of research problems, methodology, interpretation)? Secondly, the authors challenge the readers with the dilemma whether (and how) cultural remoteness of a cultural phenomenon studied aﬀects the research process, and with what implications. Step by step, the authors unfold various aspects of the female research perspective. They convincingly show that women researchers (because they are women?!) contribute to the growth of human knowledge: They take part in the reconstruction of contemporary history
by researching the role of women in history. By being able to reach women and ask uncomfortable questions they enrich ethnographic research. They also enrich the research by posing research questions which are relevant to women, particularly to their emancipation and freedom. By opening new topics and new perspectives, the authors enrich the discussion on fundamental research dilemmas about the normative nature and function of research, the role of the researcher in qualitative studies, the relationship between the subject and object of research and similar research-related issues. Moreover, by detailed and emotional (sometimes heart-breaking) descriptions of personal research experience the authors show how tightly research and life are intertwined, whether the researchers (male or female) make this connection visible or not, and therefore this visibility makes the findings even sounder.
From the review by prof. Klara Skubic Ermenc
– author and co-author of two chapters:
REPUBLIKA ŚRODKOWOAFRYKAŃSKA (RŚA) – Urszula Markowska-Manista
SOMALIA – Soomaaliya, ciyaaraha aan xusuusto – Abdulcadir Gabeire Farah, Urszula Markowska-Manista
Publications available online:
Pädagogik der Achtung
Markowska-Manista Urszula, Tsur Avi, Gilad Batia (2017): Janusz Korczak und die Rechte der Kinder, In: Kinderrechte und Kinderpolitik. Fragestellungen der Angewandten Kindheitswissenschaften / Maier-Höfer Claudia (Ed.), Springer, Fachmedien Wiesbaden, ISBN 978-3-658-13801-1, ss. 11-26, DOI:10.1007/978-3-658-13801-1_2
Markowska-Manista Urszula, Liebel Manfred (2017): Mit Hoffnung der Verzweiflung und Hilflosigkeit widerstehen. Nachdenken über Janusz Korczak, w: “Resilienz aus der Sicht der betroffenen Subjekte: Die autobiographische Perspektive / Zander Margerita, Göppel Rolf (Eds.), Juventa-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7799-3462-2, ss. 83 – 109.
Markowska-Manista Urszula (2017): The written and unwritten rights of indigenous children in Central Africa – between the freedom of “tradition” and enslavement for “development”, w: Symbolic violence in socio-educational contexts. A post-colonial critique / Odrowąż-Coates Anna, S. Goswami (red.), APS, ISBN 978-83-64953-69-9, ss. 127-142.
Markowska-Manista Urszula, Zakrzewska-Olędzka Dominika: Pomiędzy teorią a praktyką kontaktu międzykulturowego, Pogranicze. Studia społeczne, vol. 30, 2017, ss. 113-129, DOI:10.15290/pss.2017.30.08
The ethical dilemmas of research with children from the countries of the Global South. Whose participation?https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/poljes/71/1/article-p51.xml?fbclid=IwAR0PJRhepL_LIlzX48B9zmYdtT_IVgGtG8tP4W5ZX7cNRVejlLvgXcXdn1M