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Soccer and the politics of identity for young Muslim refugee women in South Australia


Palmer, C, Soccer and the politics of identity for young Muslim refugee women in South Australia, Soccer and Society, 10, (1) pp. 27-38. ISSN 1466-0970 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14660970802472643


This study explores the ways in which a group of young Muslim refugee women in Adelaide, South Australia, draw upon their experiences of playing in a soccer team as a way of establishing and embellishing a particular cultural identity that both affirms and challenges many of the traditions of Islam. Based primarily on qualitative interviews with the players, this study examines some of the ways in which they construct notions of self, sameness and difference as young Muslim women growing up in Australia’s fifth largest capital city. The study is centrally concerned with the ways in which these young refugee women articulate their social identities through the traditions Islam and the resources of western popular culture. As is argued in the following pages, the soccer team provides a unique site through which to explore the politics of identity for young refugee women in contemporary Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Social and cultural anthropology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Arts not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
ID Code:91195
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-05-09
Last Modified:2015-02-20

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