Lazarus Rises: The Migrant Fandom of David Bowie

  • Toija CinqueEmail author
  • Sean Redmond


In this chapter, we focus upon the ways that ‘migrants’ in Melbourne have used David Bowie to story and make sense of their arrival to Australia, often as refugees or as people looking for a better life. We argue that Bowie’s alternative and outsider status resonates keenly with people who find themselves ‘strangers’ in a new land. Lyrically, musically and in terms of star representation, Bowie becomes the figure through which migrants navigate themselves through new cultural and social environments. This part of the research is focused upon the 1970s Italian and Greek migrant community in Melbourne, Australia, with links and conversations to other groups in the other four cities under exploration.


David Bowie Fandom Migrant identity Otherness Difference Making home 


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  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and EducationDeakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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