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Being black in Australia: a case study of intergroup relations

Colic-Peisker, V. and Tilbury, F. (2008) Being black in Australia: a case study of intergroup relations. Race & Class, 49 (4). pp. 38-56.

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This article presents a case study in Australia's race relations, focusing on tensions between urban Aborigines and recently resettled African refugees, particularly among young people. Both of these groups are of low socio-economic status and are highly visible in the context of a predominantly white Australia. The relationship between them, it is argued, reflects the history of strained race relations in modern Australia and a growing antipathy to multiculturalism. Specific reasons for the tensions between the two populations are suggested, in particular, perceptions of competition for material (housing, welfare, education) and symbolic (position in a racial hierarchy) resources. Finally, it is argued that the phenomenon is deeply embedded in class and race issues, rather than simply in youth violence.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Copyright: © 2008 Institute of Race Relations.
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