Family in the context of migration: challenges of inclusion in multicultural Australia

Babacan, Hurriyet (2006) Family in the context of migration: challenges of inclusion in multicultural Australia. In: Conference proceedings of Multicultural Families: investing in the nation’s future, pp. 7-17. From: Multicultural families: investing in the nation's future, 23-24 June 2004, Sippy Downs, Qld, Australia.

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Abstract

The family is one of the main institutions of society. Virtually everyone, in all societies, is brought up in a family context. They are places where the young are nurtured, where socialisation occurs and where inter-generational legacies are transmitted.

Families do not exist in isolation. They need to be situated within the changing socio-economic environment of contemporary societies as well as within processes of cultural and social change.

Family structures, practices and behaviours are not simply imposed by governments and other agencies but are chosen, and actively developed, albeit within particular social and cultural contexts and constraints. The systems of migration have an important impact on the family and the kinship relationships. Strict migration laws break up traditional family structures, reduce family support structures and limit the connection between generations.

The purpose of this paper is to explore the issues of families of culturally diverse backgrounds in the context of migration and settlement. I will do this by critiquing the definition of family, examining the impact of migration and settlement processes on families and conclude by examining the broader societal factors that impact on families in Australia.

Item ID: 17900
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
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ISBN: 978-0-9751913-9-2
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2011 02:45
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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