Diasporic films and the migrant experience in New Zealand: a case study in social imagination

Zalipour, Arezou and Athique, Adrian (2014) Diasporic films and the migrant experience in New Zealand: a case study in social imagination. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 1-16. doi:10.1177/1367877914553725


Author Zalipour, Arezou
Athique, Adrian
Title Diasporic films and the migrant experience in New Zealand: a case study in social imagination
Journal name International Journal of Cultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-8779
1460-356X
Publication date 2014-10-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1367877914553725
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Drawing upon interviews and focus groups with Asian migrants, this article interrogates responses to ‘diasporic’ films that seek to represent multicultural experiences in contemporary New Zealand. We argue that these responses provide an effective demonstration of the operation of the ‘social imagination’, a discursive process that articulates the fundamental linkage between symbolic representation, community formation and social action. As our respondents narrated the personal meanings that they construct around ethnically specific media, they were compelled to describe known and hypothetical others, to elucidate symbolic and moral codes, and to reveal social empathies and anxieties. In this study, we found that discussions around migrant stories revealed a series of deeply personalised notions of self and place that were always situated in juxtaposition with externalised projections of community formation and the ‘mainstream’ culture. This dynamic reflects what can be conceptualised as the central preoccupations of a ‘diasporic social imagination’. These responses, therefore, constitute a case study of social imagination at work in a multicultural context, underlining the utility of narrative media in providing a public forum for discussing cultural diversity.
Keyword Asian diaspora
Diasporic audiences
New Zealand film
Social imagination
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
 
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