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Title: The Migration and Transition of Sierra Leqnean Refugee Girls in England
Author: Radha , Rajkotia
ISNI:       0000 0001 3504 2815
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2007
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This study explores the experiences of Sierra Leonean refugee girls in England as they pass through dual processes of transition: from childhood to adulthood; and from Sierra Leone to England. The theoretical concepts at the centre of this exploration are identity and integration. Identity is predominantly viewed in the context of adolescent psychosocial development, based on the work of Erikson (1959; 1963; 1968) and Marcia (1966; 1980), while integration is viewed in terms of Berry's (1988) model of acculturation. The thesis examines three empirical areas which were identified through literature review and from the data itself, as central to girls' processes of identity formation during adolescence. These themes include family relations, sexuality and childbearing, and initiation into the female secret society, bondo. The meaning of each of these themes is viewed in relation to identity development of girls living in Sierra Leone as well as Sierra Leonean girls who have migrated to England. By comparing findings from research conducted with girls in the two countries, the thesis considers the development of girls' individual identities and questions the significance of migration in this process. Furthermore, the thesis questions the utility of western psychosocial models of identity formation in the context of adolescents raised in the developing world and proposes alternative perspectives on this process. It also examines the interaction between individual and group identities both in the context of the development of adolescent sense of 'self and integration into shifting groups of 'others', drawing on Bourdieu's (1977) notion of habitus as a bridge between geographical settings and individual perceptions.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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