Conceptualising Respect and Institutional Disrespect in the Refugee Migration Context

  • Ibolya LosonczEmail author


This chapter locates the meanings of respect within the South Sudanese communities in Australia, based on my research with these communities. First, this chapter explores the extent to which these meanings converge with western conceptualisations by mapping participants’ descriptions of their understanding of respect to western conceptualisations. Next, it identifies the main events and mechanisms that have produced the collective sense among the South Sudanese community of being disrespected: the absence of social and economic inclusion; the sense that their family affairs are being intruded and denigrated; and their perception of the indifference of the state to their need for recognition and acknowledgement. The chapter concludes by illustrating how refugee migrants’ sense of disrespect is interconnected with systemic marginalisation in their new social space and their vexed relationship with Australian government authorities.


Human respect Achieved respect Status respect Institutional disrespect Recognition 


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  1. 1.Australian National UniversityActonAustralia

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