Re-Shaping Kids Through Public Policy

This book is about how a recently implemented policy of the Community of Madrid –aimed at integrating recently arrived immigrant students into the regular system – affects the lives of the students, and what are its effects on their future schooling.

It is based on three-year-long ethnographic fieldwork in a school in Madrid, but framed in a broader comparative analysis, which deals with similar policies in Spain.

Since immigration in Spain is a very recent process (which started in 1980s), to more cases of analysis have been selected whether this is not the case: Vienna, Austria and Texas, US have dealt with the integration of immigrant students in schools for a long time, and both have developed and tested similar policies whose analysis enriches the case of Spain by comparison.