Conferences, 4Rs 2008

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'No one looks at me': Bengali speaking Muslim women, cultural diversity and Australian lives
Devleena Ghosh

Last modified: 2008-09-27


Over the past decades, the nature of immigration to Australia has brought with it an intensification of diversity. This is not just about migrants coming to Australia from different ethnicities and countries of origin, but a range of other variables such as "differential immigration statuses, divergent labour market experiences, discrete gender and age profiles, patterns of spatial distribution, and mixed local area responses by service providers and residents". Vertovec calls the interplay of these factors 'super-diversity'. This paper examines the situation of recently migrated Bengali speaking Muslim women in Australia and their adjustment to Australian society in this context, specifically the debates in the Bengali speaking community around contentious issues such as polygamy and veiling.

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