Bauman, strangerhood and attitudes towards immigrants among the Australian population

Pietsch, Juliet and Marotta, Vince 2009, Bauman, strangerhood and attitudes towards immigrants among the Australian population, Journal of sociology, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 187-200.

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Title Bauman, strangerhood and attitudes towards immigrants among the Australian population
Author(s) Pietsch, Juliet
Marotta, Vince
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 45
Issue number 2
Start page 187
End page 200
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1440-7833
1741-2978
Keyword(s) Bauman
immigrants
public opinion
the stranger
Summary Through an investigation of the idea of the stranger, this article seeks to blend theory with empirical research. It does this in three ways. First, it engages with a social theory of the stranger articulated in the work of Zygmunt Bauman. Second, it examines data from the Australian Election Study surveys between 1996 and 2007 in order to explore attitudinal changes towards groups of immigrants. The findings from this survey suggests that attitudes towards immigrants in general have fluctuated in Australia, despite the negative effects of economic globalization, the growth in neoliberal economic reforms and terrorist attacks in the West. Third, drawing on Bauman's theory of the stranger we provide an interpretation of these fluctuating attitudes through the idea of the hybrid stranger. Finally, we argue that a more nuanced understanding of these attitudes towards immigrants in Australia is possible when a theory of the stranger is informed by a discussion on the constitution of host self, the influence of the media, the role of government policy, and the impact of class and geography.
Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, The Australian Sociological Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022952

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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