Deakin University
Browse

File(s) under permanent embargo

Racialisation in the creative industries and the Arab-Australian multicultural artist

journal contribution
posted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sherene Idriss
In Australia, artists of ethnic minority backgrounds are generally offered marginal spaces in which they can express themselves. They tend to be called upon by the state to act as cultural brokers or offer representations of their supposedly neatly bounded communities in the name of social inclusion [Werbner 1997. Introduction: the dialectics of cultural hybridity. In: P. Werbner and T. Modood, eds. Debating cultural hybridity: multi-cultural identities and the politics of anti-racism. London: Zed Books, 1–28]. The aim of this paper is to highlight how processes of racialisation and multiculturalist discourses produce specific vocational identities, namely that of the ethnic minority, community artist who uses their creative forms of expression to redress social inequalities. Drawing on the findings of an in-depth, qualitative study with young, male, Arab-Australian creative workers during 2011–2014, I suggest that this particular vocational trajectory is indicative of the classed, exclusionary and hierarchical nature of the creative industries. The paper pays close attention to the ways they use creativity strategically to deal with broader issues of race-relations and experiences of discrimination to suggest that these ethnic minority creative workers potentially become what Brubaker calls ‘ethnopolitical entrepreneurs’ [2002. Ethnicity without groups. European journal of sociology, 43 (2), 163–189, p. 166] who live off as well as for their cultural difference.

History

Journal

Journal of intercultural studies

Volume

37

Issue

4

Pagination

406 - 420

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0725-6868

eISSN

1469-9540

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Informa UK Limited

Usage metrics

    Research Publications

    Categories

    No categories selected

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC