Interrogating cultural excuses for and the otherness of Australian circus performers: implications for intercultural communication and education

Danaher, Patrick A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2289-7774 (2015) Interrogating cultural excuses for and the otherness of Australian circus performers: implications for intercultural communication and education. In: Cultural essentialism in intercultural relations. Frontiers of Globalization Series. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Basingstoke, hampshire, United kingdom, pp. 65-80. ISBN 978-1-137-49858-8


Abstract

Despite the increasing prevalence of hypermobility and hybrid identities, some types of regularly mobile groups remain subject to suspicion and prejudice, thereby providing a useful ‘test case’ for interrogating the accuracy of particular understandings of the proposition of ‘culture as an excuse’. This chapter investigates this ‘test case’ by analysing some of the ways in which the mobility of Australian circus performers’ itineraries from town to town creates a form of otherness that is an important part of society’s perceptions of this group. The analysis highlights the epistemological limitations and the associated ethnocentric assumptions attending ‘culture as an excuse’. Yet it also accentuates the ambivalence underpinning ‘culture as an excuse’ as containing the seeds of more positive, even transformative, understandings of culture and intercultural interactions.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 July 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 July 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 03:40
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 06:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, ambivalence, circus performers, cultural excuses, ethnocentrism, intercultural communication, intercultural education, mobility, otherness, transformation
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1057/9781137498601_4
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37481

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