The Locals - Identity, Place and Belonging in Australia and Beyond

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Rob Garbutt - The Locals - Identity, Place and Belonging in Australia and Beyond.
This book presents the first comprehensive survey of being a local, in particular in Australia. As in much of the colonised, English-speaking world, in... Lire la suite
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This book presents the first comprehensive survey of being a local, in particular in Australia. As in much of the colonised, English-speaking world, in Australia the paradox is that the locals are not indigenous peoples but migrants with a specific ethnic heritage who became localised in time to label other migrants as the newcomers and outsiders. Claims of belonging as ‘local' provide a crucial insight into power relations that extend beyond the local level to questions of national identity and the ethics of belonging in a postcolonial, multicultural nation.
How have Anglo-Celtic Australians installed themselves as locals ? Where do Indigenous Australians stand in this local politics of identity ? What are the ethical considerations for how we connect our identities to places while also relating to others in a time of intensifying migration ? This book explores these questions via a multidisciplinary cultural studies approach and a mixed methodology that blends a critical language study of being local with auto-ethnographical accounts by the author, himself a ‘local'.

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Biographie de Rob Garbutt

Rob Garbutt is an Associate Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Writing at Southern Cross University, Australia. He earned a BSc in Chemistry at the University of New South Wales, a Master's in Adult Education at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a PhD in Cultural Studies at Southern Cross University. He has published on the topics of place, identity and belonging, as well as on equity in higher education.

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