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Title: EVERYDAY ENCOUNTERS WITH DIFFERENCE: COMPLEXITIES OF RACE, OTHERNESS AND SPACES IN RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA
Authors: KATE SIMONE HURST
Keywords: everyday encounters, everyday multiculturalism, refugees
Issue Date: 3-Jan-2017
Citation: KATE SIMONE HURST (2017-01-03). EVERYDAY ENCOUNTERS WITH DIFFERENCE: COMPLEXITIES OF RACE, OTHERNESS AND SPACES IN RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis examines the spaces and social relations of everyday cross-cultural encounters (and non-encounters) of Sudanese, South Sudanese and Karen refugees in rural and regional Australia. It explores where contact does not occur or where it is of such a superficial nature that it often hardly constitutes an encounter at all. It investigates the ways in which encounters with ‘difference’ in the public domain and micro-publics challenge or harden prejudices towards ‘Others’. It posits that public spaces frequently fail to provide opportunities for deeper contact between refugees and the wider community. Conversely, micro-publics regularly create openings for meaningful and sustained exchange. Yet, moments and spaces of encounter are nuanced and complexly mediated. The thesis explores how positive everyday encounters may be ‘scaled up’ into something stronger and with broader effect. Here it looks to the agency of individuals and specific sites that create or facilitate moments and on-going connections of meaningful engagement across cultural difference.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/135579
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