Immigration and Identity: The Ongoing Struggles for Liberation

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Sonn, Christopher and Lewis, Raylene (2009) Immigration and Identity: The Ongoing Struggles for Liberation. In: Psychology of Liberation: Theory and Applications. Montero, Maritza and Sonn, Christopher, eds. Peace Psychology Book Series . Springer, New York, pp. 115-133.


In this chapter, we draw on our research with our community of origin to deepen our understanding of the multiple responses to the immigration-settlement processes within a broader context of race relations in Australia. One study explored the notion of sense of community and its role in the settlement of South African immigrants in Australia (Sonn, 2002 ; Sonn & Fisher, 1996 , 2003, 2005) and the other explored the ways in which South African women are negotiating identity through the dimensions of race, and ethnicity in Australia (Lewis, 2008) . Key aims are to highlight the dynamic and complex nature of social identity construction and to clarify ways in which people go about constructing subjectivities in the new country. Specifically, we explore these issues by bringing into focus a liberation perspective that considers issues of power and histories of colonization and oppression in understanding individual and community responses in new contexts.

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Item type Book Section
DOI 10.1007/978-0-387-85784-8_6
Official URL
ISBN 9780387857831 (print) 9780387857848 (online) 2197-5787 (ISSN)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID18221, immigration settlement, Australia, South African, social identity, psychological research
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