Marriage among Britain’s black African refugees

Hack-polay, Dieu (2010) Marriage among Britain’s black African refugees. Finnish Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 5 (1). ISSN 1796-6582

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This article examines dating and marriage as a socialisation strategy among African refugee communities in Britain. There is a paucity of literature on dating and marriage among refugees and African refugees in particular. The article looks at the ways in which the refugees attempt to reconstruct a social network in the host country and rebuild lives. The article establishes a typology of marriages among African refugees, highlighting four major types: cultural, social, immigration, and contagious marriages. The article found that from a functionalist view, marriage in exile has fundamental bearing on psychological healing, sense of safety and socio-economic participation and cultural maintenance in the host country. Dating and marrying were found to be determinants of integration in exile for the African refugees.

Keywords:Dating and marriage, Exile, Typology of marriages, Functionalist view, African refugees
Subjects:L Social studies > L420 International Social Policy
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L330 Ethnic studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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ID Code:18800
Deposited On:23 Sep 2015 10:25

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