Being a refugee: learning and identity. A longitudinal study of refugees in the UK

Morrice, Linda (2011) Being a refugee: learning and identity. A longitudinal study of refugees in the UK. Trentham Books. ISBN 9781858564906

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Being a Refugee offers moving insights into the lives of refugees before and after they arrive in the UK. The people featured are all highly qualified professionals and, like all refugees, their personal stories are shaped by their unique biographical, cultural and social backgrounds. Yet each narrative is lived within the broad social template of what it means to be a refugee in contemporary Britain. And their experiences as refugees have significant implications for policy and practice. Combining rich empirical data drawn from their life histories with theoretical insights into learning and identity processes, Linda Morrice explores how and what the refugees learn, and the strategies they adopt in the process of building viable and respected identities for themselves in a new social and cultural space. Through life history and longitudinal study, she powerfully challenges the stereotyped images of refugees. On a theoretical level, she questions and disrupts our understanding of learning and identity as continuous or constructive processes and argues instead for a conception of learning which acknowledges 'unlearning' and identity deconstruction. The book provides an overview of policy in relation to asylum and immigration issues and reveals the often unintended and contradictory impact of policy on refugees' lives. It is therefore essential reading for policy makers, professionals and everyone concerned with refugee welfare. It is also invaluable for academic researchers with an interest in lifelong learning, higher education, life history, identity and migration studies.

Item Type: Book
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Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Linda Morrice
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:02
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 12:12
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