"Talking with lips" : settlement, transnationalism and identity of Karen people from Burma living in Brisbane, Australia

Bird, Jessica Nancy (2013) "Talking with lips" : settlement, transnationalism and identity of Karen people from Burma living in Brisbane, Australia. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis explores, from an anthropological perspective, the settlement of Karen people from Burma now living in Brisbane. It critiques settlement constructs reified by public policy and settlement model-building using narratives of the lived experience of settlement. It gives voice to a typically voiceless group of people and challenges traditional conceptions of people with refugee backgrounds as passive and vulnerable, by bringing their experiences from the periphery to the centre. It explores transnationalism, identity work and Karen organisations to demonstrate how settlement can be done both to people through policy and by people through agency and self-determination.

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ID Code: 63001
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Brough, Mark & Cox, Leonie
Keywords: Karen, settlement, identity, transnational, agency, refugee, Burma, wrist-tying ceremony, Brisbane, ethnography
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2013 01:54
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 21:48

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