Intimacies, Citizenship and Refugee Men by Samuel Muchoki

By Samuel Muchoki

This well timed booklet strikes past suffering, discomfort and loss to argue that compelled migration frequently offers possibilities for males to pursue new relationships and re-organise their intimate lives. It makes a speciality of the lived stories of masculinity, sexuality and pursuit of intimate relationships through males who've arrived in Australia as refugees from the Horn of Africa. the writer indicates that, even amidst the chaos of displacement, the problems of residing in limbo when looking asylum and the demanding situations of cost, the need for relaxing and pleasant intimate kin continues to be imperative to the standard lives of refugee males. This novel paintings will entice scholars and students of migration reports, citizenship, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

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By Samuel Muchoki

This well timed booklet strikes past suffering, discomfort and loss to argue that compelled migration frequently offers possibilities for males to pursue new relationships and re-organise their intimate lives. It makes a speciality of the lived stories of masculinity, sexuality and pursuit of intimate relationships through males who've arrived in Australia as refugees from the Horn of Africa. the writer indicates that, even amidst the chaos of displacement, the problems of residing in limbo when looking asylum and the demanding situations of cost, the need for relaxing and pleasant intimate kin continues to be imperative to the standard lives of refugee males. This novel paintings will entice scholars and students of migration reports, citizenship, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

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Weeks et al. (2001) argued that citizenship is about belonging; it shows the nexus between rights and responsibilities of an individual that entitle a person to be included within the polity. Therefore, citizenship is not so much something that is claimed or given, but a process that is lived; it is a reflexive practice through which people experiment with what being a citizen could be and mean in their everyday lives. These refugee men embraced multiple forms of citizenship at various stages of their lives—prior to forced displacement, during migration and upon settlement.

The girls are also advised that upon marriage they should accept their mistake humbly when they are beaten by their husbands. Similar sentiments were evident in the accounts of many participants in my study. For example, a participant in my in-depth interviews commented on the quality of a good wife: ‘in my own country [Ethiopia], the more [a] woman is silent [the more] she is beautiful. It is part of her beauty. ’ For some other participants, marriage was enhanced by the communal way of living and the strong values attached to the views of other family members.

It is like part of my life . . When I started my house it was a dream; it was my future. (Patrick) It is a cultural tradition in many Horn of Africa communities to name children in accordance with the father’s lineage (Palls 2008). Therefore, a 3 TERRAINS OF INTIMACY IN THE HORN OF AFRICA 29 man with children has hopes that his name will be carried on to the next generation. This is one of the main reasons for men to marry in many African communities (Mbiti 1989). Consequently, marriage forms a part of male identity and is a worthwhile undertaking on the pathway to becoming men: In our culture you can’t name someone without a family name .

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