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  1. Disturbance from a proper, original, or usual place or state: rapid urban and industrial development brought immense social dislocation in its wake

Oxford Dictionary http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/dislocation  Accessed 27/03/2012

  1. The act or process of dislocating or the state of having been dislocated: “the severe emotional dislocation experienced by millions of immigrants . . . who were forced to separate themselves forever from the . . . circle of people and places on which they had depended”.

TheFreeDictionary.com  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Dislocation  Accessed 15/03/2012

  1. a pyscho-social transition whereby the individual’s identity and sense of self are disrupted, causing trauma but also forcing the individual to seek out a new identity in order to adapt to a new social context

 Kaapanda, Mekondjo and Sherene Fenn. 2000. “Dislocated Subjects: The Story of Refugee Women”. Refugee Watch. 26-29 http://www.mcrg.ac.in/dislocated%20subjects%20refugee%20women.pdf Accessed 27/03/2012

Synonyms: disruptiondisorderdisturbancedisarraydisorganization


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Social dislocation must be understood as complementing an often uphill battle of integration into a new society and culture that may include psychological conflict resulting from trauma, torture, and disability.

“In problematizing the relationship between the self and culture, the following questions are considered: first, what are the mechanisms through which the dominant culture impacts on the control of identity? In reference to this self-other nexus, the dominant culture mediates social relations and focuses attention away from fundamental injustices and inequalities, promoting instead the celebration of ego centric distortions such as individualism, possessiveness, materialism and the reproduction/consumption of narcissism.  Further, cultural symbols contribute to the transformations of the prevailing imaginary sentiments and emotions into significant inducements or dispositions to the regulation of the “foreigner”, the outsider, the stranger, the other or… the refugee.”


Other Useful Sources

Editor: Jacobs, Merle. 2011. Social Dislocation: Trauma and the Lived Experience. APF Press: Toronto

Eds: Hansen, Art and Anthony Oliver-Smith. 1982. Involuntary Migration and Resettlement: the Problems and Responses of Dislocated People. Westview Press: Boulder



Kaapanda, Mekondjo and Sherene Fenn. 2000. “Dislocated Subjects: The Story of Refugee Women”. Refugee Watch, 26-29. http://www.mcrg.ac.in/dislocated%20subjects%20refugee%20women.pdf Accessed 27/03/2012

Oxford Dictionary http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/dislocation  Accessed 27/03/2012

TheFreeDictionary.com  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Dislocation  Accessed 15/03/2012

Visano, Livy A. 2011. “The Refuge of Dislocation and the Conscience of Critique” in Social Dislocation: Trauma and the Lived Experience. Editor: Merle Jacobs. APF Press: Toronto, 125-6


Other related words (may be concepts):

  • entrenched inequality
  • fractured families
  • marginalization
  • integration and resettlement
  • social capital