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Associate Professor Christopher Sonn

 

Email: Christopher.Sonn@vu.edu.au

Telephone: +61 3 99195226

Location: Footscray Nicholson Campus

 

Qualifications
Ph.D., Grad Dip App Psych, Grad Dip Ed, B.A.

Membership of relevant professional associations
Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychology Society).

Research interests
Immigrant settlement, Indigenous empowerment, critical pedagogy, anti racism and whiteness studies, ethnic identity and belonging, community arts and participation

Areas of postgraduate research supervision
Community and Critical Psychology, intergroup relations, sense of community, community resilience, racism, immigration, Indigenous issues

Selected publications (last 4 years only)

Books

Fisher, A. T., Sonn, C. C., & Bishop, B. J. (Eds) (2002). Psychological sense of community. Theory, applications and implications. New York: Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers.

Montero, M., & Sonn, C. C. (2009). Psychology of Liberation: Theory and Applications. New York: Springer.

Refereed Journal Articles

Green, M. J., & Sonn, C. C. (2005). Examining discourses of whiteness and the potential for reconciliation. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 15, 478-492.

Green, M. J., & Sonn, C. C. (2006). Problematising the discourses of the dominant: Whiteness and reconciliation. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 16, 379-395.

Sonn, C. C., & Green, M. J. (2006). Disrupting the dynamics of oppression in intercultural research and practice. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 16, 337-346.

Eacott, C., & Sonn, C. C. (2006). Beyond education and employment: Exploring youth experiences of their communities, place attachment and reasons for migration. Rural Society, 16, 199-214.

Fisher, A. T., & Sonn, C. C. (2007). The place and function of power in community psychology: Philosophical and practical issues. Journal of Community and Applied Psychology, 17, 258-267.

Fisher, A. T., & Sonn, C. C. (2007). Sense of community and the dynamics of inclusion-exclusion by receiving communities. The Australian Community Psychologist, 19, 26-34.

Radermacher, H., & Sonn, C. C. (2007). Towards getting it right: Participatory action research with a disability advocacy organization. Australian Community Psychologist, 19 (1), 62-73.

Green, M. J., Sonn, C.C., Matsebula, J. (2007). Reviewing whiteness: Theory, research and possibilities. South African Journal of Psychology, 37, 389-419.

Matsebula, J., Sonn, C. C., & Green, M. J. (2007). Refining the review of whiteness: A reply to Ratele, Stevens, and Steyn. South African Journal of Psychology, 37, 437-442.

Sonn, C. C., (2008). Educating for anti-racism: Producing and reproducing race and power in a university classroom. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 11, 155-166.

Book Chapters

Sonn, C. C., & Fisher, A. T. (2005). Immigrant adaptation: Complicating our understanding of responses to intergroup experiences. In G. Nelson and Prilleltensky, I. (Eds), Community Psychology (pp. 348-363). London, UK: McMillan, Palgrave.

Sonn, C. C. (2006). Multiple belongings?: Reflecting on the challenges of reconstructing apartheid imposed identities in Australia after immigration. In G. Stevens, V. Franchi, & T. Swart (Eds.). A Race against time: Psychology and the challenges of deracialisation in South Africa (pp. 335-348). Johannesburg, South Africa: University of South Africa Press.

Montero, M., & Sonn, C. C. (2009). About liberation and psychology: An Introduction. In M. Montero, M. & Sonn, C. C. (Eds). (2009). Psychology of Liberation: Theory and Applications (pp.1-10). New York: Springer.

Sonn, C. C., & Lewis, R. (2009). Immigration and identity: The ongoing struggles for liberation. In M. Montero, M. & Sonn, C. C. (Eds). (2009). Psychology of Liberation: Theory and Applications (pp. 115-134) New York: Springer.

Sonn, C. C. (2009). Decolonization, ethics and the challenges of researching across cultural boundaries. In Vázquez Rivera, C.; Figueroa Rodríguez, M.; Pacheco Bou, W.; & Pérez Jiménez, D. (Eds). International Community Psychology: Shared Agendas in Diversity. Puerto Rico: Ed. UPR.