Remembering the family home: emotions, belonging, and migrant men in multicultural Australia

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Mason, Robert. 2013. "Remembering the family home: emotions, belonging, and migrant men in multicultural Australia." Journal of Australian Studies. 37 (3), pp. 378-389. https://doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2013.813573
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Remembering the family home: emotions, belonging, and migrant men in multicultural Australia

ERA Journal ID34876
Article CategoryArticle
Authors
AuthorMason, Robert
Journal TitleJournal of Australian Studies
Journal Citation37 (3), pp. 378-389
Number of Pages12
Year2013
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN0314-769X
1444-3058
1835-6419
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2013.813573
Abstract

The article opens a space in which to discuss migrant men's emotions and their engagement with family life. It focuses on Australia's Goan community to explore the fluidity of ethnic identity and its relation to remembered family and childhood. The article suggests a 'family' that is not only a domestic home but is constituted across both time and space. The men's memories of their childhood and family life prior to arrival in Australia are central to their constitution of self within Australia. These memories provide the men with the emotional means to contest their positioning in Australia's multicultural framework. The men's memories of childhood are experienced beyond domestic and multicultural spaces, making remembered families an important part of their work lives and sense of success in Australia.

KeywordsIndian Australians; migration; multiculturalism
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470211. Migrant cultural studies
500318. Philosophy of specific cultures (incl. comparative philosophy)
520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
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© 2013 Copyright International Australian Studies Association. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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