Journal article

Mothering after Moomba: Labelling, secondary stigma and maternal efficacy in the post-settlement context

Sara Maher, Jarrett Blaustein, Kathryn Benier, Joseph Chitambo, Diana Johns

Theoretical Criminology | SAGE Publications | Published : 2020


Parenting can impact young people’s justice system involvement but there is a scarcity of research that examines how parenting practices, specifically mothering, are influenced by labelling processes. Accordingly, this article considers how the labelling of young people from forced migration backgrounds as criminals impacted mothering and maternal efficacy during a ‘law and order crisis’ in Melbourne, Australia. Drawing on interviews and focus groups with mothers and young people of South Sudanese heritage, we illustrate how this hostile social climate generated secondary stigma, and amplified anxieties and concerns about inclusivity and belonging. The research advances our theoretical under..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: the study was supported by an internal grant from the Faculty of Arts at Monash University and in-kind support from the Centre for Multicultural Youth.