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Blackness as a Defining Identity

Mediated Representations and the Lived Experiences of African Immigrants in Australia


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Runyararo Sihle Chivaura
    Pages 1-13
  3. Runyararo Sihle Chivaura
    Pages 15-24
  4. Runyararo Sihle Chivaura
    Pages 35-54
  5. Runyararo Sihle Chivaura
    Pages 55-70
  6. Runyararo Sihle Chivaura
    Pages 71-99
  7. Runyararo Sihle Chivaura
    Pages 101-118
  8. Runyararo Sihle Chivaura
    Pages 119-130
  9. Runyararo Sihle Chivaura
    Pages 131-171
  10. Runyararo Sihle Chivaura
    Pages 173-181

About this book


This book explores the lived experiences of African immigrants in Australia, and the way they are represented in the media. By delving into the group’s everyday lives, the book exposes the roles that media and social perceptions play in the production and regulation of diasporic identities. Rather than being presented as objects of mediated representations, this book positions African immigrants in Australia as empowered subjects. 

The book employs inclusive research methods that make African immigrants active participants in the research, rather than passive objects. This is achieved through an expanded demographic study, a snapshot survey, and by taking a closer look at the lives of Africans in Australia through digital oral histories. This approach allows the group to have a say on how they feel they are positioned in society, on what space they are offered, and on how this affects their lives.


Representations of African-Australians in Australian Media Africans living in Australia Media representations of Africans in Australia Political discourse surrounding African Immigrants Social discourse surrounding Africans in Australia African immigrants in Australia Race and belonging in Australia African economic contribution to Australia Society African immigrants and the media Race relations in Australia Australian Discursive Research African communities in Australia Postcolonialism Surveying African demographics in Australia African identities Voices of Africans in Australia Migration and ethnicity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Living Cultural Studies and Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

About the authors

Dr Runyararo Chivaura is an Early Career Researcher at Flinders University working in the field of Cultural Studies. She was awarded Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Cultural Studies from Flinders University, South Australia and holds a Master of Arts in Journalism, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Media, Culture and Communication, both from the University of Lincoln (England). She is a Media Consultant and Correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Special Broadcast Service, The Guardian, and several academic podcasts. Her contribution centres on the media representation of African immigrants in Australia and their social and political acceptance. 

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