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Cultural Citizenship and Refugee Integration: The case of African youth in Australia

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posted on 2021-01-01, 00:00 authored by Tebeje Molla MekonnenTebeje Molla Mekonnen
This chapter sheds light on the cultural citizenship of refugee-background Black Africans in Australia. Specifically, it elaborates on cultural citizenship as an analytical framework, outlines recent multicultural policy provisions in Australia, and highlights how conservative politicians and media personalities racialize youth violence and stigmatize Black Africans as dangerous criminals. Then the chapter proceeds to explain why racialized moral panic undermines the integration of African refugees. It argues that public humiliation emasculates self-efficacy, leading to youth disengagement. Second, the deprivation of cultural citizenship diminishes refugee youth's sense of affiliation. Third, public racial disparagement reinforces interpersonal racial prejudice and discrimination. Fourth, racial stigmatization perpetuates socio-economic disadvantages of refugee communities, durably positioning them on the margin of society. In light of these points, it is argued that a claim for equal respect and dignifying representation is a demand for full citizenship.

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Chapter number

3

Pagination

37-54

ISSN

2475-675X

eISSN

2475-6768

ISBN-13

9781799872856

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Extent

19

Editor/Contributor(s)

Gomez Barreto I

Publisher

IGI Global

Place of publication

Hershey, Penn.

Title of book

Handbook of research on promoting social justice for immigrants and refugees through active citizenship and intercultural education

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