Migration old and new: perceptions of/in Italian communities in Australia

John Kinder, Alessia Dipalma, Marinella Caruso

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Perceptions of Italian migrants in Australia have been driven by the insecurities and anxieties of post-colonial Australia and by prejudices and stereotypes inherited from English views of Mediterranean cultures. The multiple identities of the Italians - regional, cultural, political - provoked varied and contradictory responses. Negative attitudes towards Italians generally ended with the official adoption of multicultur-alism in the 1970s, which coincided with the end of post-war migration and with the social success of the second generation. We argue that the recent "new wave" of migration cannot be understood in terms of earlier models of host country perception, because of the new globalised context of mobility and because the new wave does not recognise in an "Italian community" a fundamental point of self-definition. What is more interesting are the perceptions the new wave has of older waves of Italian migration, which are complex and evolving.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-476
JournalStudi Emigrazione: International Journal of Migration Studies
Issue number207
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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