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Liminality and racial hazing of Muslim migrants: media framing of Albanians in Shepparton, Australia, 1930-1955

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2019, 00:00 authored by James BarryJames Barry, Ihsan YilmazIhsan Yilmaz
This article is a historical empirical study of the Albanian Muslim migrant community of Shepparton. Through analysing newspaper reports, the authors discuss how these migrants were portrayed as liminal between their first arrival and acceptance as Australians a generation later. This is characteristic of a practice which the authors term “migrant hazing”, where a migrant group is demonized as a threat to the society during the liminal phase. Migrant hazing occurs in public discourse, particularly the media, and ceases with the replacement of the group by newer migrants, who are subjected to the same process. Furthermore, migrant hazing remains present in contemporary depictions of Australian Muslims. In this longitudinal study, media reports on Albanian Muslims revolved around three persistent themes: their supposed criminality, the wrongful use of land and the threat of dual-loyalty. These three items constituted the main weapons of the media in hazing the first, liminal generation.

History

Journal

Ethnic and racial studies

Volume

42

Issue

7

Pagination

1168 - 1185

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0141-9870

eISSN

1466-4356

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, The Author(s)