Estranged bodies and Vietnamese identities

Thomas, Mandy (1998) Estranged bodies and Vietnamese identities. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 9(1), pp. 74-88.

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In this paper I will explore both the regulation of migrant bodies as well as the lived experience of migrant embodiment in order to develop an analysis of the body as a vortex of meaning in the displacement process. By examining the way in which the bodies of Vietnamese immigrants are simultaneously object and agent, I will indicate how the relations between migrants and the wider society are felt and sensed through the bodily experiences of Vietnamese people. The dynamic between how Vietnamese bodies are represented and how they are experienced reveals the body to be a predominant marker of difference from both within and without, the mediator between experience and signification. I will indicate how the dominant media construction of Vietnamese bodies as defiled has sustained forms of exclusion and distancing which have influenced the way that Vietnamese bodies are lived. I thus explore the means through which the body has particular salience when attempting to understand the nature of migrant identities in Australia.

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ID Code: 63154
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Vietnamese Migrants, Bodies, Displacement, Marker of difference
ISSN: 1035-8811
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > ANTHROPOLOGY (160100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Asian Cultural Studies (200202)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2013 01:19
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2013 01:26

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