The Sociality of Refugee Healing: In Dialogue with Southern Sudanese Refugees Resettling in Australia - Towards A Social Model of Healing

By Peter Westoby.

Published by Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US40.00
Book: Electronic $US15.00

“For those who want to understand refugees rather than 'diagnose' them, I commend this book.”
Derek Summerfield
Honorary senior lecturer at London’s Institute of Psychiatry, a consultant to Oxfam, and formerly Research/Teaching Associate, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

This beautifully written book represents a journey. In response to a significant challenge from Sudanese community leaders, Peter Westoby embarked on a vibrant intellectual quest. In the process he has carved out new ways of understanding experiences of distress and healing. The Sociality of Refugee Healing will be an invaluable companion for practitioners, policy makers and anyone who cares about communities who have endured hardship.
David Denborough
Dulwich Centre, Adelaide  
Author of ‘Collective narrative practice: responding to individuals, groups and communities who have experienced trauma’

Praxis - the combining of analysis and practice, is often espoused but not easy to achieve. Community development workers will welcome this book with its depth of analysis, its cultural reflexivity and its multi-dimensional orientation to practice with those who arrive as refugees.  
Dr Ann Ingamells
Senior Lecturer in Community Work, Griffith University

This book proposes a socially-oriented model of healing, which augurs a fundamental shift in thinking about refugee settlement: instead of focusing on the past experiences of refugees it is the present world and context of settlement that should be the primary focus for healing work. This book, steeped in the author’s experience and extensive research, boldly and convincingly proposes a paradigmatic shift in the theory and practice of working with refugees. As such, the book provides an indispensible contribution to existing debates about refugee settlement and charts new ground for future inquiry.
Zlatko Skrbis
Professor of Sociology, The University of Queensland

Keywords: Sociality, Refugee Healing, Sudanese, Resettlement, Assimilation

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 3.543MB). Published by Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Peter Westoby

Lecturer in Community Development, School of Social Work & Applied Human Services, University of Queensland, QLD, Australia

Dr. Peter Westoby currently works as a Lecturer in Community Development within the School of Social Work and is a Research Associate with the Australian Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland. He has 20 years of practice and research experience in community development, youth work and refugees.

His current research/practice focus is on: community development and conflict within the Asia/Pacific, social engagement with diverse cultural groups of young people within SE QLD, and also the practice of community building and development within schools. He recently won a Churchill Fellowship enabling him to research innovative initiatives addressing intercultural youth conflict and violence in various countries including South Africa, the UK, USA and New Zealand.

During the past 20 years Peter has worked as a community practitioner within South Africa, PNG, Vanuatu, the Philippines and Australia.


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