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Fruit Picking and Farmwork as Racialised Stigma: The Children of Pacific Migrant Workers in Rural Australia

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posted on 2023-08-11, 04:57 authored by Makiko NishitaniMakiko Nishitani, Helen LeeHelen Lee
Pacific youth growing up in rural horticultural towns in Victoria, Australia, frequently experience the stigmatising labels of ‘fruit picker’ and ‘farmworker’. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in the Sunraysia region, we focus on schools as early sites of racialisation and racism, and compare the perspectives of students and teachers. While teachers often blame ‘culture’ for poor academic performance, students complain of teachers’ racism while also experiencing low confidence and poor self-esteem that hinder their academic progress. Underpinning these issues is the racial hierarchy in the towns, shaped by their particular histories of colonisation, migration and intercultural relationships. Current theories of rural multiculturalism tend to focus on everyday interactions and strategies to encourage social cohesion, with the inherent danger of neglecting the deeper structural issues. We argue that Pacific youth seeking to move beyond the casual and precarious farmwork undertaken by their migrant parents encounter structural barriers that begin in schools and profoundly shape their future opportunities.

Funding

This work was supported by La Trobe University under grants from the Research Focus Area Transforming Human Societies (2014-2018 and 2018-2019), by the Australian Research Council (LP150100385, 2015-2019) and by the Scanlon Foundation (2020-2021).

History

Publication Date

2023-08-01

Journal

Journal of Intercultural Studies

Volume

44

Issue

4

Pagination

17p. (p.488-504)

Publisher

Routledge

ISSN

0725-6868

Rights Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Journal of Intercultural Studies. Makiko Nishitani & Helen Lee (2022) Fruit Picking and Farmwork as Racialised Stigma: The Children of Pacific Migrant Workers in Rural Australia, Journal of Intercultural Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2023.2136631. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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