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Being a ‘wog’ in Melbourne – young people's self-fashioning through discourses of racism

Tsolidis, Georgina and Pollard, Vikki 2009, Being a ‘wog’ in Melbourne – young people's self-fashioning through discourses of racism, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 427-442, doi: 10.1080/01596300903237206.

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Title Being a ‘wog’ in Melbourne – young people's self-fashioning through discourses of racism
Author(s) Tsolidis, Georgina
Pollard, VikkiORCID iD for Pollard, Vikki orcid.org/0000-0002-2209-1199
Journal name Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education
Volume number 30
Issue number 4
Start page 427
End page 442
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2009-12
ISSN 0159-6306
1469-3739
Keyword(s) youth
diaspora
self-fashioning
racism
wogs
Greekness
Summary The Greek community in Melbourne, Australia, is large and has a long history in the city. It is diverse and associated with a range of cultural, social and political structures. It has strong transnational links and in many ways exemplifies ‘diasporic’ in contradistinction to ‘migrant’. This paper focuses on young people from this community, particularly those who attend schools established to promote Greek language and cultural maintenance. In this paper, we examine such students’ explorations of their cultural identifications, most specifically how they adopt the term ‘wog’. This term is complex and its place in Australian discourse has shifted over time. Tracking these shifts and considering them as a context for these young people's use of the term allows us to consider the processes involved in their self-fashioning. We argue that their uptake of ‘wog’ involves the deployment of irony, given their awareness of its strong association with racism. We are also interested in the potential for women's experience to be silenced through the common association between ‘wog’ and protest masculinities. We argue that these students’ use of the term illustrates self-fashioning that provides insights into the complexities that surround cultural identification at the micro level, including schooling, but also in the broader context of globalisation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01596300903237206
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063780

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