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African cultural education and social inclusion of refugees

Wakholi, P. (2007) African cultural education and social inclusion of refugees. In: Colic-Peisker, Val and Tilbury, Farida, (eds.) Settling in Australia: The social inclusion of refugees. Centre for Social and Community Research, Murdoch University, Murdoch Univesity, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 4-22.

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Abstract

This paper examines the cultural identity of ten young people of African descent living in Perth, Western Australia. A dialogical research method known as Ujamaa Circle helped reveal the inner feelings of the participants regarding their cultural identity. The key concerns for the young people were racism and the pressure to assimilate. There was evidence of the need for African cultural education as a means to cultural renewal and connectedness. The research process created a more conscious focus and interest towards African cultural continuity among the participants as means of strengthening their bicultural identities. The paper concludes by proposing that a cultural educational approach known as African cultural literacy, which informs youth of African migrant descent about the relevance of African heritage in their bicultural identity, is essential.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Social and Community Research
Publisher: Centre for Social and Community Research, Murdoch University
Copyright: Centre for Social and Community Research, Murdoch University
Publishers Website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/13211
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