Indian student concerns about violence : exploring student perceptions

Azmat, F., Osborne, A. and Rentschler, R. 2011, Indian student concerns about violence : exploring student perceptions, Australian journal of social issues, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 311-333.

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Title Indian student concerns about violence : exploring student perceptions
Author(s) Azmat, F.ORCID iD for Azmat, F.
Osborne, A.
Rentschler, R.
Journal name Australian journal of social issues
Volume number 46
Issue number 3
Start page 311
End page 333
Total pages 29
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N.S.W.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0157-6321
Keyword(s) Indian international students
intercultural awareness
Summary While considerable attention has been given to the spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia in 2009 and 2010, less attention has been paid to how the students who were at the centre of the furore perceived the violence. In this paper we explore the perceptions of Indian postgraduate and undergraduate male students studying in Melbourne, Australia, based on data gathered in focus groups. Analysis revealed four broad themes in students' explanations for the attacks: race hate versus opportunism, intercultural issues, systemic ineffectiveness, and media reporting. Students' perceptions of the reasons for the attacks were divided in some areas and aligned in others. There was divergence among students about whether the attacks were race hate crime or opportunistic, and about intercultural issues. Students' perceptions were aligned on issues of systemic ineffectiveness and media reporting. In the current context of decreased international enrolments from Indian students, in which we seek to better understand them, the findings provide implications for international student policy and planning priorities.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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