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 and Class, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 38-56.


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Title Being black in Australia: A case study of intergroup relations
Author(s) Colic-Peisker, V
Tilbury, F
Year 2008
Journal name Race and Class
Volume number 49
Issue number 4
Start page 38
End page 56
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage
Abstract 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.
Subject Race and Ethnic Relations
Keyword(s) African refugees
Aborigines
multiculturalism
youth violence
Copyright notice © 2008 Institute of Race Relations.
ISSN 0306-3968
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