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Settlement Strategies for the South Sudanese Community in Melbourne: An Analysis of Employment and Sport Participation

Abur, William bol deng (2018) Settlement Strategies for the South Sudanese Community in Melbourne: An Analysis of Employment and Sport Participation. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

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Abstract

People from refugee backgrounds face a range of settlement-related issues. These issues include limited language proficiency, unemployment, constrained recreational opportunities, and an overall lack of community connectedness. These issues can not only be troublesome on a day-to-day basis, but also adversely affect the long-term wellbeing of refugees. On the other hand, being employed, and having the opportunity to engage with the broader community can enhance the settlement process by giving refugees the resources to navigate their settlement, as they are often confused by the foreign values, protocols, and social practices in their new countries. This study tested the above proposition by examining the work and leisure practices of a sample of the South Sudanese community in Melbourne, Australia. Specifically, the research question was: how has employment and sport participation affected the settlement process of Melbourne’s South Sudanese community? The study has three inter-connected strands: first, to identify the scope and scale of these practices; second, to explore the individual and social outcomes that arise from these practices; and, third, to examine the ways in which these practices impact on settlement outcomes.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Uncontrolled Keywords: South Sudanese community, Melbourne, community engagement, sport participation, employment, refugee settlement
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts and Education
Depositing User: Ms Lyn Wade
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2018 04:44
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2018 22:58
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/36189
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