Social Work / Immigration Studies

From Analysis to Advocacy and Policy to Practice

Edited by Soheila Pashang (Seneca College) and Sheila Gruner (Algoma University)


ISBN-13: 978-0-9881293-4-4

340 pp. •  6 X 9

Paperback  •  $54.95 (list)

A ground-breaking examination of displacement and its traumatic outcomes in the Canadian and global context, with an emphasis on the root causes of displacement, its history and effects, and key social work methodologies and best practices for working with immigrants who are survivors of displacement and trauma.

Programs and Courses: Suitable for courses on Human Displacement, Refugees and Migration, Displacement and Development, Gender and Displacement, and others in departments of anthropology, immigration/immigrant studies, global studies, social work, and social service/community worker programs.

Description: This comprehensive textbook explores the conditions and experiences of trauma among the forcibly displaced, refugees, and migrants. Bringing together contributions by scholars, activists, professionals, and practitioners from a variety of fields and backgrounds, Roots and Routes of Displacement and Trauma is one of the first works of its kind to investigate the social, political, and economic contexts of forced displacement in relation to its traumatic outcomes. The goal of the book is to encourage students and practitioners to critically analyze the causes and contexts of displacement. The resilience and strengths of migrants are emphasized, and readers are encouraged to learn what it means for people to adapt in the face of their new lived realities while challenging oppression. Among the topics explored in the book are theoretical approaches to displacement and trauma; the impact of environmental disasters, HIV/AIDS, war and conflict, gun violence, and employment trauma on displacement and trauma; the experiences of specific groups with respect to displacement, trauma, and healing, including indigenous peoples of Canada, the Maya of Guatemala, Roma, and Iraqi and Afghan women; ethical issues related to working with refugees; the effects of government policy on the lives of refugees in receiving countries; and the challenges faced by practitioners in working with migrants and refugees.

About the Editors:  Soheila Pashang is program coordinator and professor in the Social Service Worker — Immigrants and Refugees program at Seneca College in Toronto. She is also the editor of Unsettled Settlers: Barriers to Integration. Sheila Gruner is associate professor in community economic and social development at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters and reports on development, displacement and social movements.