The trials and tribulations of partnerships in refugee settlement services in Australia

Sidhu, Ravinder & Taylor, Sandra (2009) The trials and tribulations of partnerships in refugee settlement services in Australia. Journal of Education Policy, 24(6), pp. 655-672.

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The ascendency of neoliberal ideas in education and social policy in the 1980s and 1990s was succeeded in the new millennium by a ‘new’ social democratic commitment with emphases on community empowerment, building social capital and a ‘whole of government’ approach to partnering with civil society to meet community needs. In Australia this approach has resulted in the development of partnerships between schools and community organisations formed as part of a targeted, holistic approach to service delivery to meet the settlement and educational needs of refugee youth. Drawing on interviews conducted with community workers and government officers involved in the school-community partnerships, we document how these partnerships are working ‘on the ground’ in Queensland schools. We analyse our findings against the international literature on changing notions of neoliberal governance, and discuss the implications of the shift to the ‘partnering state’ for schools and community organisations working with refugee young people.

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ID Code: 28888
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Refugees, partnerships, governmentality, education, settlement services
DOI: 10.1080/02680930802669326
ISSN: 0268-0939
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis.
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2009 01:40
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:59

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