1st Edition

Belonging and Transnational Refugee Settlement Unsettling the Everyday and the Extraordinary

By Jay Marlowe Copyright 2018
    198 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The image we have of refugees is one of displacement – from their homes, families and countries – and yet, refugee settlement is increasingly becoming an experience of living simultaneously in places both proximate and distant, as people navigate and transcend international borders in numerous and novel ways. At the same time, border regimes remain central in defining the possibilities and constraints of meaningful settlement. This book examines the implications of ‘belonging’ in numerous places as increased mobilities and digital access create new global connectedness in uneven and unexpected ways.

    Belonging and Transnational Refugee Settlement positions refugee settlement as an ongoing transnational experience and identifies the importance of multiple belongings through several case studies based on original research in Australia and New Zealand, as well as at sites in the US, Canada and the UK. Demonstrating the interplay between everyday and extraordinary experiences and broadening the dominant refugee discourses, this book critiques the notion that meaningful settlement necessarily occurs in ‘local’ places. The author focuses on the extraordinary events of trauma and disasters alongside the everyday lives of refugees undertaking settlement, to provide a conceptual framework that embraces and honours the complexities of working with the ‘trauma story’ and identifies approaches to see beyond it.

    This book will appeal to those with an interest in migration and diaspora studies, human geography and sociology.

    List of Figures, Maps, Tables or Cases

    Series Editor’s Preface



    List of Acronyms/Abbreviations

    1. Transnational Settlement

    2. Belonging – Everyday and Extraordinary Conceptualizations

    3. Responding to Trauma

    4. Responding to Disasters

    5. Professional Practice

    6. Conclusion



    Jay Marlowe is Associate Professor in the Department of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. A former visiting fellow with the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, UK, he has published more than 50 papers and is co-editor of South Sudanese Diaspora in Australia and New Zealand: Reconciling the Past with the Present.

    "Belonging and Transnational Refugee Settlement should be applauded for emphasizing the need to recognize the complexity of refugee lives, and to rethink the dominant assumptions that so often render refugees through singular frames of victimhood. With its accessible theoretical frameworks and diverse case study analyses, Belonging and Transnational Refugee Settlement is highly recommended for undergraduates, graduate students, and practitioners who are interested in refugee settlement from fields of migration studies, sociology, social work, health, policy, and other applied fields." – Georgina Ramsay, Refuge