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Publication - Professor Katharine Charsley

    Being a Freshie is (not) Cool

    stigma, capital and disgust in British Pakistani stereotypes of new subcontinental migrants

    Citation

    Charsley, KAH & Bolognani, M, 2017, ‘Being a Freshie is (not) Cool: stigma, capital and disgust in British Pakistani stereotypes of new subcontinental migrants’. Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol 40., pp. 43-62

    Abstract

    Intra-ethnic discrimination, in the form of stereotyping of recent migrants by settled ethnic minorities, has been interpreted as internalised racism, displacing stigma, and the negotiation of local hierarchies of belonging. Stereotypes of ‘fresh off the boat’ migrants construct cultural boundaries and assertions of belonging, offering clues to processes of identity-making where ethnicity is complicated by ongoing migration. Portrayals of ‘freshies’ among British Pakistanis are particularly interesting, as this assertion of difference coexists with close intercontinental familial ties and a high incidence of transnational marriage. Analysis of the figure of the ‘freshie’ in internet comedy videos, combined with material from recent qualitative research, allows a remarkable insight into dynamics of cultural and social capital, immigration and sexuality through manifestations of difference, similarity and disgust. Together these not only reveal the weakness of recent migrants’ positions in structures of socio-economic and symbolic power, but the blurring of social categories, and the continuing importance of transnational kinship in negotiations of identity among British Pakistanis.

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