Re-imaging citizenship in suburban Australia

Lobo, Michele 2010, Re-imaging citizenship in suburban Australia, Critical race and whiteness studies, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-13.

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Title Re-imaging citizenship in suburban Australia
Author(s) Lobo, MicheleORCID iD for Lobo, Michele
Journal name Critical race and whiteness studies
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association (A C R A W S A)
Place of publication Online
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1832-3898
Keyword(s) whiteness
white privilege
social change
Summary Formal citizenship focuses on the provision of rights and responsibilities by the nation state. Such an understanding of democratic citizenship, however, is limited in providing social inclusion in everyday life, if cultural practices privilege whiteness. Although this paper draws attention to such practices that mark the ethnic Other, it also demonstrates the potential that exists to shift the boundaries of white privilege and negotiate dominant narratives of citizenship. Using a theoretical and methodological approach that focuses on poststructural and feminist ideas, I argue that the ways in which place is produced through reiterative everyday practices, makes place a site of transformative social change where white privilege can be questioned and difference welcomed. I draw on 54 indepth semi-structured interviews with people who live and/or work in the City of Greater Dandenong, suburban Melbourne, Australia to makes visible these everyday reiterative practices, and illustrate how they can be conceptualised as acts of responsibility, rather than just repetitive acts of hostility and suspicion. From my intersecting and shifting subject positions as a woman, a resident, ethnic, migrant, and Indian, the visibility of such practices makes it possible to re-imagine citizenship in the local neighbourhood, the city as well as the nation.
Language eng
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
Socio Economic Objective 940106 Citizenship and National Identity
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
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