Identity and Belonging
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Identity and Belonging

Identity and Belonging

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Monday 10th October, 4.00 - 5.00pm (tea/coffee and cakes from 4.00pm, talk starts 4.15pm)

Room 253, West Quadrangle, Main Building, University of Glasgow

Identity and belonging: Negotiating inclusion and exclusion in increasingly diverse rural spaces

Dr David Radford, University of South Australia

Neal and Argyeman (2006) have argued that rural landscapes have signified particular images of national belonging, identity and culture that excluded (physically and emotionally) ethnic minorities. This paper investigates the ways that place and space impact upon identities and social relations especially as it relates to growing diversity and resulting intercultural encounters in rural locales, underlining the relational nature of space (Massey 2004). Recent work has highlighted the importance of physical, public spaces as sites of regulation, infused with meanings around belonging, national identity, freedom, citizenship, community (Massey 2004, Mitchell 1996, Noble and Poynting 2010).

In this paper, David Radford explores particular public spaces in an Australian country town and investigate how these sites produce intercultural encounters between long-term regional residents and newer refugee-background migrant communities. As relational spaces particular rural public sites reveal both forms of conflict and conviviality. He argues that public spaces, as relational spaces, are not simply built environments that facilitate the flow of people and material objects but also spaces that reflect affective identities – the ways that people develop a sense of belonging, and the ways they influence feelings of inclusion and exclusion in the community (Wise and Velayutham 2015).

Dr David Radford is Lecturer, School of Communications, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia. David is the Platform leader for the Superdiversity and Human Rights Work Package in the Hawke-EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations. He presently researches around migration, interculturality, and refugees in regional Australia. David emphasises the importance of investigating the micro or everyday lived experiences of migration and interculturality while drawing on macro factors impacting these experiences. His most recent publication is ‘Everyday otherness: Intercultural refugee encounters and everyday multiculturalism in a rural South Australia town’ in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2016).

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