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Migrant mobilities: cruel optimism and the case of A.J. D’Cruz

D'Cruz, Glenn 2016, Migrant mobilities: cruel optimism and the case of A.J. D’Cruz, Australasian drama studies, no. 69, pp. 84-110.

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Title Migrant mobilities: cruel optimism and the case of A.J. D’Cruz
Author(s) D'Cruz, Glenn
Journal name Australasian drama studies
Issue number 69
Start page 84
End page 110
Total pages 27
Publisher La Trobe University, Theatre & Drama Program
Place of publication Bundoora, Vic.
Publication date 2016-10
ISSN 0810-4123
Summary Migrants are mobile by definition. They literally uproot themselves and move to sometimes-distant lands for a variety of reasons. Some move away from real or imagined threats to their very existence. Others seek a better quality of life. And some adventurous souls are inhabited by a restless wanderlust – a desire to roll the dice and see what happens.Such mobility requires fortitude and faith. Migrants move through space and, if they have an aspirational disposition, they attempt to accumulate symbolic capital to move up those social and economic hierarchies that bestow status and prestige within their adopted homes. The migrant journey to Australia often ends with the realisation that one has to make and re-make one’s identity, and perform a series of adjustments – adjustments in terms of comportment, dress, accent and disposition.This paper is a critical reflection on a multi-media presentation that tells a story about the author’s father, AJ D’Cruz. It draws on historical archives and the material remnants of my D’Cruz’s relatively short life (letters, photographs, sound recordings, 8mm films). It provides a singular account of the performance practices involved in becoming a ‘New Australian’. Combining personal anecdotes and philosophical ruminations on history, technology, and cultural identity, the paper interrogates and performs a series of migrant mobilities.
Language eng
Field of Research 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
1904 Performing Arts And Creative Writing
2005 Literary Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, La Trobe University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090699

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Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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