New Myths of OZ: The Australian Beach and the Negotiation of National Belonging by Refugee Background Youth

Lems, Annika; Sandra, Gifford; Raelene, Wilding (2016). New Myths of OZ: The Australian Beach and the Negotiation of National Belonging by Refugee Background Youth. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 30(1), pp. 32-44. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/10304312.2015.1117572

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In this article we consider the Australian beach as a material, imaginary and social arena in which different versions of national belonging are performed and contested. Focusing on two short films produced by young people from refugee backgrounds, we explore the negotiation of national belonging on the beach by people who occupy identity categories that are typically excluded from idealising Australian beach mythologies. We argue that both the production and distribution of these films contribute to a reimagining of the Australian beach that creates new opportunities for people from migrant backgrounds to engage in the co-production of Australian identities in their own terms.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Lems, Annika

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1030-4312

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Annika Lems

Date Deposited:

28 Dec 2015 14:58

Last Modified:

30 May 2016 14:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/10304312.2015.1117572

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/74391

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