‘I am a Widow, Mother and Refugee:’ Narratives of Two Refugee Widows Resettled to Australia

Citation:

Lenette, Caroline. 2014. "‘I am a Widow, Mother and Refugee’: Narratives of Two Refugee Widows Resettled to Australia." Journal of Refugee Studies 27 (3): 403-421.

Author: Caroline Lenette

Abstract:

The sparse literature on contemporary narratives of widowhood among refugee women as a consequence of conflict situations indicates that this aspect of lived experience is relatively unexplored. While loss is integral to the refugee journey, there is a paucity of analysis of how the sudden loss of a spouse under such circumstances can compound resettlement anxieties, particularly when women raise children alone. By exploring meanings attached to widowhood using examples from the experiences of two younger refugee women resettled in Brisbane, Australia, this article demonstrates how they negotiated lives characterized by community ostracism and stigmatization attached to widowhood and lone parenting. The limited knowledge specifically on young or middle-aged widowhood, the compounded impact on lone parenting, and intra-group tensions among refugee women are highlighted. Such an oversight should be addressed to provide a full understanding of complex wellbeing experiences for refugee widows with children resettled in western nations. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Topics: Displacement & Migration, Refugees, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Households, Livelihoods, Post-Conflict Regions: Oceania Countries: Australia

Year: 2014

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