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The Oromo in Exile by Greg Gow (Paperback, 2002)

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The Oromo in Exile: From the Horn of Africa to the Suburbs of Australia by Greg Gow

The movement of thousands of refugees from the Horn of Africa to Australia has only recently begun to attract interest among the media and general public. Perhaps the least known among these refugees are the Oromo people who have fled continued persecution in Ethiopia. By the year 2002, more than fifteen hundred Oromo had found their way to Australia.

In this totally original book, Greg Gow provides a privileged insight into the values and meanings of lives that could easily be seen as marginal. Packed with insight and imageful observation, The Oromo in Exile communicates some of the vibrancy and complexity among these people from the Horn of Africa who are now living in Australia.

Arising out of a series of dramatic and sometimes startling encounters, the book addresses the question of identity and place by giving voice to the pain of exile-not only among the Oromo but displaced people more generally. As Gow narrates, although now 'free' in Australia, the Oromo experience anguish and divided loyalties as the dominant values of individualism, privacy and self-advancement in mainstream Australian society conflict with their longing for cohesion and community.

Gow discovers that 'home' does not necessarily exist physically, but the overriding desire to construct 'home' even away from 'home' is pervasive. The Oromo are a people committed to creatively performing 'home' while in exile-a process the book both reflects and contributes to.


Format: Paperback | 196 pages

Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5 x 1.3 | 368g

Publication Date: 02 Jun 2002

Publisher: Melbourne University Press

Publication City/Country: Melbourne, Australia

Language: English

Illustrations note: illustrations

Edition Number: 1

ISBN10: 0522849903

ISBN13: 9780522849905


Condition: Good

A vintage ex-library book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including library stickers on the back and at the bottom of the spine which also wraps over to the front and back cover, but no holes or tears. The book is covered in a clear plastic dust jacket which has some very minor scratches. The majority of pages are undamaged with very minimal creasing but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text. The first page in the book has a grey stamp which reads "WITHDRAWN" and "305.8935 ORO" written in blue pen, but no other writing in margins anywhere else in the book. No missing pages.