Refugee Journeys

Refugee Journeys

Histories of Resettlement, Representation and Resistance

Edited by: Jordana Silverstein orcid, Rachel Stevens orcid

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Refugee Journeys presents stories of how governments, the public and the media have responded to the arrival of people seeking asylum, and how these responses have impacted refugees and their lives. Mostly covering the period from 1970 to the present, the chapters provide readers with an understanding of the political, social and historical contexts that have brought us to the current day. This engaging collection of essays also considers possible ways to break existing policy deadlocks, encouraging readers to imagine a future where we carry vastly different ideas about refugees, government policies and national identities.


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Feb 2021
ANU Press
Arts & Humanities: History, Philosophy & Religion; Social Sciences: Social Policy & Administration
Australia; Europe: Germany; South Asia: Bangladesh

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Part I: Labelling refugees

  1. Australian responses to refugee journeys: Matters of perspective and context (PDF, 0.3MB)Eve Lester doi
  2. Once a refugee, always a refugee? The haunting of the refugee label in resettlement (PDF, 0.2MB)Melanie Baak doi
  3. ‘His happy go lucky attitude is infectious’: Australian imaginings of unaccompanied child refugees, 1970s–1980s (PDF, 0.2MB)Jordana Silverstein doi
  4. ‘Foreign infiltration’ vs ‘immigration country’: The asylum debate in Germany (PDF, 0.2MB)Ann-Kathrin Bartels doi

Part II: Flashpoints in Australian refugee history

  1. The other Asian refugees in the 1970s: Australian responses to the Bangladeshi refugee crisis in 1971 (PDF, 0.3MB)Rachel Stevens doi
  2. Race to the bottom: Constructions of asylum seekers in Australian federal election campaigns, 1977–2013 (PDF, 0.3MB)Kathleen Blair doi
  3. Behind the wire: An oral history project about immigration detention (PDF, 0.2MB)André Dao and Jamila Jafari in conversation doi

Part III: Understanding refugee histories and futures

  1. From Dahmarda to Dandenong via Denpassar: Hazara stories of settlement, success and separation (PDF, 0.3MB)Laurel Mackenzie doi
  2. Step by step: The insidious evolution of Australia’s asylum seeker regime since 1992 (PDF, 0.2MB)Savitri Taylor doi
  3. Uses and abuses of refugee histories (PDF, 0.2MB)Klaus Neumann doi

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