Rethinking resentment: political memory and identity in Australia's Salvadoran community

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Mason, Robert. 2010. "Rethinking resentment: political memory and identity in Australia's Salvadoran community." Hayes, Anna and Mason, Robert (ed.) Migrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era. Toowoomba, Australia 15 - 16 Jul 2010 Toowoomba, Australia.
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Rethinking resentment: political memory and identity in Australia's Salvadoran community

Presentation TypePaper
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AuthorMason, Robert
EditorsHayes, Anna and Mason, Robert
Journal or Proceedings TitleMigrant Security 2010: Refereed Proceedings of the National Symposium Titled Migrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era
Number of Pages7
Year2010
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://ebookbrowse.com/mason-migrant-security-2010-pv-pdf-d81272954
Conference/EventMigrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era
Event Details
Migrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era
Event Date
15 to end of 16 Jul 2010
Event Location
Toowoomba, Australia
Abstract

[Abstract]:
The paper questions how former refugees from El Salvador have settled in Australia, and particularly in metropolitan Queensland. It is positioned at the intersection of history and citizenship studies, and addresses the lack of research into the effects of remembered social upheaval on migrants' settlement in Australia. The paper uses qualitative data from interviews and online blogs to interrogate the nature of migrants' engagement with El Salvador, and, significantly, the impact on their conceptualisation of Australian liberal democratic values and civic society.

The community remains highly politicised, and is connected with both local and global contacts. Since fleeing El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s, Australia's Salvadoran community has developed in a markedly different manner to the much larger communities in the United States. Salvadorans in Australia use transcultural rhetoric to justify their engagement with Australian politics and multiculturalism. Democratisation in El Salvador has had a profound impact on Australian Salvadorans' identity, with key implications for their engagement in multiple civic societies. Whilst their ongoing contact with home communities in El Salvador has declined, there has been a re-assertion of the transnational Hispanic identity of the radical Left, which draws on migrants' pre-migration memories of social conflict.

Keywordsmigrants; refugees; migrant settlement
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440303. Migration
430317. Latin and South American history
440802. Citizenship
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