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Minority Youth and Social Transformation in Australia: Identities, Belonging and Cultural Capital

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Jakubowicz, Andrew; Collins, Jock; Reid, Carol; Chafic, Wafa

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Abstract Increasingly minority youth, especially from Muslim backgrounds, have been seen in Australian public policy and the media as potentially disruptive and transgressive. In some European societies similar young people have been portrayed as living in parallel and disconnected social spaces, self-segregated from interaction with the wider community. Yet Australian ethnic minority youth do not fulfil either of these stereotypes. Rather, despite their often regular experiences of racism or discrimination, they continue to assert a strong identification with and belonging to Australian society, albeit the society that marginalizes and denigrates their cultural capital. In particular it is the neighbourhood and the locality that provides the bridge between their home cultures and the broader world, contributing to a range of positive aspirations and fluid identities.
Keywords adolescent; migrant; minority; ethnicity; Muslim; identification; identity; cultural capital; participation; social integration; cultural integration; multicultural society; Australia
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 5-16
Journal Social Inclusion, 2 (2014) 2
Issue topic Migrant Youth, Intercultural Relations and the Challenges of Social Inclusion
ISSN 2183-2803
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution