'Aussies' and 'wogs' and the `group in-between': year 10 students' constructions of cross-cultural friendships

Allard, Andrea 2002, 'Aussies' and 'wogs' and the `group in-between': year 10 students' constructions of cross-cultural friendships, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 193-209, doi: 10.1080/0159630022000000778.

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Title 'Aussies' and 'wogs' and the `group in-between': year 10 students' constructions of cross-cultural friendships
Author(s) Allard, Andrea
Journal name Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 193
End page 209
Publisher Department of Education, University of Queensland
Place of publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2002-08
ISSN 0159-6306
Keyword(s) Education
Summary This paper reports on an aspect of a small, empirical study that explored how cross-category friendships were constructed among an ethnically diverse cohort of Year 10 students in an Australian school. The students, who self-identified as having friendships across gender and ethnic boundaries, were interviewed in focus groups. Young men and young women, in speaking of their cross-cultural friendships, generally stressed commonalities among rather than differences between groups of friends. Nevertheless, students identified two predominant peer groups and used the terms 'aussie' and 'wog' to name them. Some of the male students appeared to be more keen than many of the females to mark themselves out as belonging to one or the other of these groups. This paper will discuss how these terms are utilised among these students to construct particular identities. On one level, this naming signified differences of choice, with reference to styles of music, clothing, jewellery, hair and entertainment. Is this an attempt to reclaim and rework previously racist descriptors into more egalitarian terms by young people? The meanings and sense that students make of such traditionally racist terms and how their use reflects and challenges wider cultural discourses of difference are discussed. How 'sameness' is constituted around shared experiences rather than common cultural backgrounds is also considered.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0159630022000000778
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001465

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