Pedestrian crossings: Young people and everyday multiculturalism

Butcher, Melissa and Harris, Anita (2010) Pedestrian crossings: Young people and everyday multiculturalism. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 31 5: 449-453. doi:10.1080/07256868.2010.513080

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Author Butcher, Melissa
Harris, Anita
Title Pedestrian crossings: Young people and everyday multiculturalism
Journal name Journal of Intercultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0725-6868
Publication date 2010-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07256868.2010.513080
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 31
Issue 5
Start page 449
End page 453
Total pages 5
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Young people have been the focus of both hopes and fears about the futures of culturally diverse nations. It has become commonplace to centre youth in debates about the impact on social cohesion of rapid and increasingly diverse global flows of peoples. Concerns proliferate about the capacity of youth of migrant and refugee backgrounds to 'integrate', and about the more flexible and critical forms of citizenship and belonging that some youth are forging. Others are idealised as the new cosmopolitans, eager consumers in the global youth market and adept players in the global economy. Paradoxical images emerge. Youth are often simultaneously imagined as at the vanguard of new forms of multicultural nation-building and social cohesion, and as those most inclined towards regressive nationalism, fundamentalism and racism. Images of youth-led interfaith and intercultural harmony projects compete with those of race riots and racist youth violence, deeply complicating the public representation and interpretation of young people's place in multicultural nation-making.
© 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Keyword Multiculturalism
Young people
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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