"It's Just Your Turn": Performing Identity and Muslim Australian Popular Culture

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Busbridge, Rachel. (2013) "It's Just Your Turn": Performing Identity and Muslim Australian Popular Culture. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. 24(4), pp. 459 - 477. https://doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2013.806390
AuthorsBusbridge, Rachel
Abstract

Academic accounts of Muslim integration and inclusion in multicultural Australia are often at pains to emphasize that Muslim identity and Australian national identity are compatible with each other. While this political manoeuvre remains both important and relevant, it nevertheless chances reinscribing the very terms of debate it seeks to contest and worryingly aligns closely with prevalent governmental techniques to “domesticate” Muslim difference. Furthermore, it risks presenting both “Muslim” and “Australian” identities as self-evident, taken-for-granted categories. In this article, I consider two Muslim Australian popular cultural productions – namely, the television programme Salam Café and the stand-up comedy show Fear of a Brown Planet – in order to explore how Muslim and Australian identities, and the relationships between them, are performed, contested and rearticulated. What is most salient about both productions, the article argues, is that they present the identity of “Australian” as a site of political and cultural contestation, with the “nation” a contingent site through which multicultural politics are actualized. Such a move is salient for Australian multiculturalism more broadly, but is especially so for Muslim communities – not least because it undermines the West/Islam dichotomy altogether.

KeywordsMuslim Australians; national identity; popular culture; multiculturalism; performance
Year2013
JournalIslam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Journal citation24 (4), pp. 459 - 477
PublisherCarfax Publishing Ltd.
ISSN0959-6410
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2013.806390
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84888003041
Page range459 - 477
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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