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SEMINAR: Anthropology/Sociology Seminar Series

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Today's date is Thursday, September 24, 2020
Anthropology/Sociology Seminar Series : This week’s seminar consists of an Honours’ completion presentation and an early stage PhD presentation Other events...
Transnational Students, Gentrification and Urban Subjectivities: An ethnography of transnational Chinese student residents in Perth, Western Australia.

This paper explores urbanisation processes of gentrification as they intersect with Australia’s international education industry. These concurrent conditions have led to an increase in what I argue to be transnational studentification in Australia’s urban centres. Little research, however has been undertaken to understand the impacts of these patterns of urban transformation on the students themselves. This project examines a case study of transnational middle-class Chinese students living in the City of Perth precinct. Adopting de Certeau’s theory of tactics and Bourdieu’s notion of habitus as analytical frameworks, and employing a walking interview methodology, this project interprets the students’ experiences and perceptions of space and place. I aim to understand and interpret new regimes of subjectivity that emerge through these patterns of socio-spatial transformation in Australia. I outline positions of translocality, temporality, and contested space which govern these students’ interpretation and construction of the city, and of their modes of subjectivity. Ruth is an Honours’ student in Anthropology and Sociology.

Australian Rules football and Aboriginal well-being in Perth, Western Australia.

Sport, and more specifically in this case, Australia’s ‘native’ game of Australian Rules football, has provided important points of reference around which racial and cultural relations in Australia take place. Australian Rules football brings to the fore, and allows us to investigate, the already established boundaries of moral and political communities, whilst allowing for the physical and social expression of those values and a means of reflecting on them. This seminar aims to shine light on the significance of Australian Rules football in the lives of Aboriginal footballers. The seminar will address some of the inequalities experienced by Aboriginal footballers, and explore the potential for the game to contribute to Aboriginal health and well-being. Furthermore, it is hoped that this research will create a greater understanding of Aboriginal identity, well-being and life ways in the unique social context of Australian Rules football. Leighton is a PhD student in Anthropology and Sociology.
Speaker(s) Ruth Warren and Leighton Dudenhoeffer
Location Social Sciences Building, room 2203
Contact Farida Fozdar <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 17 May 2019 14:30
End Fri, 17 May 2019 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 15 May 2019 09:32
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