New racisms and asylum seekers in Australia

Babacan, Hurriyet, and Gopalkrishnan, Narayan (2008) New racisms and asylum seekers in Australia. In: Babacan, Alperhan, and Briskman, Linda, (eds.) Asylum seekers: international perspectives on interdiction and deterrence. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 143-157.

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on new racisms that have emerged in Australia and their negative impact on asylum seekers. After broadly defining new racisms, the characteristics of new racisms will be discussed in the context of impacting upon asylum seekers. These characeristics include the close linking of new racisms to the promotion of fear of the "other", lslamophobia, the promotion of new fonns of citizenship rights and new definitions of Australian identity. It is argued that the negative portrayal of asylum seekers to justify the Australian govermnent's policies relating to border control and the war on terror has resulted in the racialisation of asylum seeker issues and has resulted in their victimisation, demonisation and social exclusion and has contributed to increased levels of fear and insecurity at the broader community level. In the meantime, there has been a total silence on issues of racism and an official denial that racism exists.

Item ID: 17929
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-84718-491-7
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 00:37
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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