Intercultural communication challenges confronting female Sudanese former refugees in Australia

Hebbani, Aparna, Obijiofor, Levi and Bristed, Helen (2010) Intercultural communication challenges confronting female Sudanese former refugees in Australia. The Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS), 31 1: 37-61.

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Author Hebbani, Aparna
Obijiofor, Levi
Bristed, Helen
Title Intercultural communication challenges confronting female Sudanese former refugees in Australia
Journal name The Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS)
ISSN 1447-8420
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 31
Issue 1
Start page 37
End page 61
Total pages 25
Place of publication Perth, W.A., Australia
Publisher African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Since 2001, Australia has accepted a significant number of refugees and humanitarian entrants from Sudan, displaced as a result of two decades of continuous civil war in their homeland. This exploratory qualitative study contributes to a better understanding of female Sudanese former refugees living in Southeast Queensland, Australia, by examining the intercultural communication challenges that confront them as part of resettlement. Two focus groups were conducted with a total of 28 female Sudanese former refugees. The study investigated the challenges that confronted these women in Australia with regard to cross-cultural adaptation. Several complex, intercultural themes emerged in the interviews such as parenting challenges, marital problems, low English language competency, employment issues, and successfully settling in the host community. Their narratives are understood through the lens of various intercultural communication theories.
Keyword Intercultural communication
Australia
Refugees
Emigration and immigration
Government policy
Culture conflict
Parent and child
Social aspects
Communication
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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