Constructions of race: symbolic ethnic capital and the performance of youth identity in multicultural Australia

Moran, Laura (2015) Constructions of race: symbolic ethnic capital and the performance of youth identity in multicultural Australia. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39 4: 708-726. doi:10.1080/01419870.2015.1080375


Author Moran, Laura
Title Constructions of race: symbolic ethnic capital and the performance of youth identity in multicultural Australia
Journal name Ethnic and Racial Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-4356
0141-9870
Publication date 2015-09-17
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01419870.2015.1080375
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 39
Issue 4
Start page 708
End page 726
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The relationship between ethnicity and cultural and social capital has been taken up by several scholars in terms of questions of disadvantage. This paper considers the performance of race and ethnicity as positive capital among a group of Sudanese young people with refugee backgrounds in Brisbane, Australia. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, I demonstrate young people's adaptation of cultural associations in their hybridized and essentialized self-representations. In particular, I explore my informants’ use of hip hop music and style as resources in performance. Much of young people's engagement with capital in performance enables their relatively overt and self-conscious process of clarifying who they are in relationship to one another, often with particular reference to race and ethnicity. Their engagement with globally relevant mediums is indicative of young people's agency in defining their own lives in the context of the political and moral framework of Australian multiculturalism.
Keyword Capital
ethnicity
race
youth
multiculturalism
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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