Immigration and Identity: The Ongoing Struggles for Liberation

  • Christopher C. Sonn
  • Raylene C. Lewis
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

Immigration and Identity: The Ongoing Struggles for Liberation

“Each life represents a unique narrative which reveals how we cope with and combines within specific socio-historical circumstances, the components of our personal and collective history, how we build our personal and social identities, and how we make use of the freedom the socio-historical environment leaves us” (Apfelbaum, 2001, p. 172).

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...


Indigenous People Social Identity White People Race Relation Immigrant Community 
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We would like to thank Wanda Pacheco-Bou and Maritza Montero for their critical feedback on earlier drafts of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher C. Sonn
    • 1
  • Raylene C. Lewis
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria UniversityAustralia

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