Racialised bodies encounter the city: 'long grassers' and asylum seekers in Darwin

Lobo, Michele 2013, Racialised bodies encounter the city: 'long grassers' and asylum seekers in Darwin, Journal of intercultural studies, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 454-465.

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Title Racialised bodies encounter the city: 'long grassers' and asylum seekers in Darwin
Author(s) Lobo, Michele
Journal name Journal of intercultural studies
Volume number 34
Issue number 4
Start page 454
End page 465
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 0725-6868
1469-9540
Keyword(s) belonging
whiteness
racialisation
affect
encounter
public space
Darwin
Australia
Summary The visibility of bodies of colour in public space can engender responses of anxiety, insecurity and discomfort in cities with white majority cultures. Such embodied responses that privilege the invisibility of whiteness have effects if they mark Aboriginal people and asylum seekers who arrive by boat as ‘out of place’ in public spaces of Australian cities. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Darwin, I argue, however, that such white spaces are interrupted by habits of touch, multi-sensory events that contribute to fleshy moments of belonging for these racialised bodies that experience dispossession and displacement. Such belonging emerges from the intertwining fleshiness of bodies in a world where we affect and are affected by other bodies and things.

The paper explores two events held in public spaces of suburban Darwin, a weekly painting activity at a beach reserve that engages ‘Long Grassers’, Aboriginal people who live in open spaces, and a cooking session at a community centre that welcomes asylum-seeker families from a detention centre. Felix Ravaisson's philosophy of habit as virtue and spontaneous practice is a starting point for thinking about how haptic knowledges can provide a nuanced understanding of belonging, encounter and ethical engagement in a racially diverse white settler city.
Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055538

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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