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Friendship and kinship: Pathways to community inclusion

Macdougall, N. (2007) Friendship and kinship: Pathways to community inclusion. 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. 64-76.

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Abstract

This paper documents and reflects on a specific event during ethnographic research on the development of friendship and kinship networks within African communities in Perth. These communities have formed over the past fifteen years through the predominantly humanitarian immigration of black Africans from more than a dozen countries affected by war and civil unrest. The paper uses narratives of African refugee women and the researcher's reflection in order to explore issues such as relationship building, community support and social inclusion. The paper aims to show the level and significance of support that these relationships provide for individuals as they strive to establish themselves in their new social context.

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/13214
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