Generate : Youth Culture and Migration Heritage in Western Sydney

Butcher, Melissa & Thomas, Mandy (2001) Generate : Youth Culture and Migration Heritage in Western Sydney. Institute for Cultural Research and the Migration Heritage Centre NSW, Sydney, Australia.

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Executive Summary

This report is the first in-depth exploration of identity and popular culture among Middle Eastern and Asian youth. It documents preliminary research findings on the contribution of Middle Eastern and Asian youth to Sydney’s cultural life and migration heritage. While young people from these communities, the largest migrant communities in NSW, are often negatively portrayed, this research has focused on their social practices of cultural invention, opening up new and creative means of mobilising cultural difference.

These young people’s cultural negotiations between migrant family background and the wider society require real engagement with difference and provide rich resources for invigorating the multicultural fabric of the nation. Their repertoire of cultural skills and their involvement in different cultural worlds are often viewed as evidence of not ‘belonging’ to the mainstream or dominant culture. However, the results of our research reveal that the ‘in-betweenness’ of these young people often enables them to move easily between different social and cultural groupings, embracing cultural diversity as inherent and integral to their everyday experience, that is, ‘normal’ to urban life.

In this report, we document the changing nature of friendship networks and family relations, the particular meanings and uses of different languages and expressions, and the patterns of consumption of Middle Eastern and Asian youth. In these everyday activities these young people contribute to a changing migration heritage and are redefining what it means to be Australian.

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ID Code: 63162
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Middle Eastern and Asian Youth, Migration, Identity, Popular Culture, Migration Heritage Centre NSW Premier’s Department, Mobilising Cultural Difference
ISBN: 1863418946
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Institute for Cultural Research and the Migration Heritage Centre NSW
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2013 04:45
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 04:45

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