Fitting the Jigsaw: South Sudanese Family Dynamics and Parenting Practices in Australia

Deng, Santino Atem (2016) Fitting the Jigsaw: South Sudanese Family Dynamics and Parenting Practices in Australia. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


This study examines South Sudanese-Australian parenting practices in the resettlement context from the perspective of both parents and youth. It locates their experiences in the cultures, which inform their parenting, in the changes in their families, and in the challenges they face because of these changes. This thesis has created opportunities for South Sudanese participants to narrate their stories and perspectives, which are essential in exploring cultural changes in societies with strong oral communication traditions. The study seeks to develop a nuanced understanding of South Sudanese experiences of parenting and being parented in South Sudan, and how these differ to their parenting practices in Australia. Through increased cross-cultural knowledge, awareness and understanding, policymakers and service providers can offer improved family support.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Current > Division/Research > College of Arts and Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing
Keywords migrants, experiences, refugees, parents, family structure, customary law, transition, Sudanese families, youth identity, change, Sudanese community, culture, policy
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