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Australian Islam and the Formation of Cross-cultural Alliances

Lawson, Dave E. (2004) Australian Islam and the Formation of Cross-cultural Alliances. In Bailey, C., Cabrera, D., & Buys, L. (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century Conference; Centre for Social Change Research; Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

When genealogies of oppression are revealed in their correct historical context they provide insights into the power relations of the day. Whether circumscribed by religious doctrine or political ideology, the ‘oppressed’ invariably align in some form for collective solidarity, national mobilization, empowerment activities or even revenge. The construct of these coalitions vary in terms of personnel, intensity of feeling, and mobility but their aims and focus are similar, that is, to defend against, or provide opposition to, an actual or imagined social force. The end goal of emancipation and empowerment, collective recognition and acceptance of reclaimed power by way of defensive, adaptive, or coping activities is the topic of this paper. But this ‘recovery’ is dependent on how the collective cultural trauma of the oppressed is negotiated within the greater social, cultural, and political environment. The central theme of this paper deals with recovery strategies from cultural trauma and tentatively exposes this strategy as an insight as to why Indigenous Australians align with Islam in Australia.

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ID Code: 653
Item Type: Conference Paper
ISBN: 1741070813
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Multicultural Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Dave E. Lawson
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2004
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:22

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