Everyday multiculturalism: Catching the bus in Darwin, Australia

Lobo,M 2014, Everyday multiculturalism: Catching the bus in Darwin, Australia, Social and Cultural Geography, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 714-729, doi: 10.1080/14649365.2014.916743.

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Title Everyday multiculturalism: Catching the bus in Darwin, Australia
Author(s) Lobo,MORCID iD for Lobo,M orcid.org/0000-0001-7733-666X
Journal name Social and Cultural Geography
Volume number 15
Issue number 7
Start page 714
End page 729
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publication date 2014-06-05
ISSN 1464-9365
Keyword(s) Aboriginals
everyday multiculturalism
public space
Social Sciences
Summary Following acts of violence in major cities, the future of multiculturalism as a philosophy and a state-sponsored policy to promote peace and interdependence in white majority societies seem uncertain. Ethnographic research that explores the lived experience of multiculturalism in shared public spaces, however, offers the possibility to explore emotional stress as well as possibilities for change in culturally diverse cities. Within this literature, however, there is little grounded research that explores Indigenous-ethnic minority relationships. This paper foregrounds and describes a seemingly mundane event such as catching a bus that entangles my body with an Aboriginal woman and a migrant woman from Fiji in Darwin, Australia. The paper demonstrates how injury, anger, shame and discomfort unfolds when bodies of colour are sites of stress. I explore the emergence of this bodily stress that has outcomes for the capacity of racially differentiated bodies of colour to respond ethically in encounters with strangers. I argue that thick descriptions of events, conceptualisations of agency as distributed and broader understandings of the social have the potential to contribute to anti-racist agendas in Euro-colonial societies with separate Indigenous and multicultural policy frameworks in ways that do not require bodies to 'accumulate' or 'inhabit' whiteness. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14649365.2014.916743
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 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Routledge
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Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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