Transnationalism and the Karen wrist-tying ceremony: An ethnographic account of Karen settlement practice in Brisbane
Bird, Jessica Nancy, Brough, Mark, & Cox, Leonie (2016) Transnationalism and the Karen wrist-tying ceremony: An ethnographic account of Karen settlement practice in Brisbane. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 27(1), pp. 104-120.
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When settling, people often use cultural schema from their original homeland to build familiarity in unfamiliar surrounds. This paper draws on ethnographic fieldwork conducted by the first author in Brisbane, with the Karen community from Burma, during which participant observation and interview methods were used. We present an ethnographic account of the Brisbane Karen wrist-tying ceremony. The ceremony acts as an insight into the challenges for Karen whilst settling into Australia. It reflects multiple accounts of history and tradition, but simultaneously speaks to emerging, contemporary Karen contexts. This research contributes to richer understandings of settlement: it frames transnational cultural practice as a flexible mode of integration, rather than an exclusionary mode of othering. We propose that the integrative discourse of the ceremony creates familiarity and social connection in local and diasporic spaces. This acts as a counter to the challenges of Karen settlement including the negotiations of local/global identity politics.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > ANTHROPOLOGY (160100) > Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
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|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2015 Australian Anthropological Society|
|Copyright Statement:||This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [The Australian Journal of Anthropology Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 104–120], which has been published in final form at [10.1111/taja.12176]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.|
|Deposited On:||28 Aug 2015 04:33|
|Last Modified:||10 Jun 2016 08:49|
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