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date: 19 May 2019

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This chapter considers the integration of dance ethnography and dance movement psychotherapy as a methodology to explore the relationship between dance and wellbeing within psychosocial work with war-affected refugee and internally displaced (IDP) children and their families. It is based upon ethnographic research undertaken in Serbia between September 2001 and September 2002, beginning a few months after the end of the war in former Yugoslavia (1991–2001). The discussion is based on the premise that there is a relationship between creativity, culture, and human development that can be harnessed in psychosocial work with these children and families, to facilitate integration and resettlement. Central to this is the building of new social and cultural relationships and opportunities for people to discover and develop innate potentials that can be used as resources in the context of forced displacement. These ideas are the foundations for the definition of wellbeing used in the chapter.

Keywords: refugees, forced displacement, wellbeing, methodology, dance ethnography, dance movement psychotherapy

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