This research investigates how young Somali women are navigating through the resettlement process while negotiating their own identities in Wellington, New Zealand. It is important as it addresses two main research gaps: 1) it focuses on research with young Somali women at university and 2) it offers a strength-based analysis. The research also addresses important development concerns about how former refugees can better contribute into their host societies. Employing the use of participatory methods within a feminist qualitative methodology, I created a project that enabled the young women to voice their opinions regarding identity construction, cultural maintenance and their goals for the future.


Creator | Kaihanga
Emily Kathryn James
Year of Creation | Tau
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Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
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been formally reviewed for publication by academics at a university
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

James, E. K. (2013). “You can never be on one side alone”: Some Young Somali-Kiwi Women’s Narratives about Identity, Resettlement and Community Development in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand (Master’s thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand). Retrieved from

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