Cultural continuity and discontinuity in a Russian-speaking migrant context: Cultural dilemmas, national habitus and unbelonging

Raisa Akifeva

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Abstract

The thesis explores how culture is experienced and negotiated by Russian-speaking migrants in Australia and Spain, and what role communities play in these processes. Developing the concept of cultural dilemmas, I propose new theoretical optics that allow interrogation of everyday processes of cultural (re)construction and (dis)continuity. Insights from Mary Douglas and Norbert Elias illuminate experiences of cultural (dis)continuity in migrants' "national habitus"; and Pierre Bourdieu's field theory is used to analyse contestations of cultural (re)production by cultural producers. The results demonstrate that "unofficial" cultural experiences of migrants gained in everyday life are distinct from "official" culture (re)production by community leaders.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Fozdar, Farida, Supervisor
  • Baldassar, Loretta, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date31 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022

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