Finding Better Ways to Support Resettled Refugee Families: Dealing with Intergenerational Conflict

  • Ibolya (Ibi) Losoncz


This chapter considers the experiences of resettled refugee families dealing with intergenerational conflict. Based on multisited ethnography with Australian South Sudanese youth, adults, and the workers supporting them, the author demonstrates how well-intended, yet inappropriate, intervention from authorities led to negative results. The chapter explores how transitions within settling families take place in the context of cultural, economic, social, and legal structures, which can support or constrain their efforts to reconstruct their lives. It chapter concludes by identifying alternative strategies from government and social institutions to better support refugee children and youth navigating their developmental transition in the context of resettlement.


Social Capital Parenting Practice Family Conflict Corporal Punishment Parental Authority 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ibolya (Ibi) Losoncz
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  1. 1.The School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)Australian National University (ANU)CanberraAustralia

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