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Young Migrant Identities

Creativity and Masculinity, 1st Edition

By Sherene Idriss


162 pages

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In this day and age, much has been discussed as to what it means ‘to be an Arab’. However, this enlightening volume seeks instead to invite us deeper into young Arab–Australian men’s lives as we explore their vocational aspirations and working experiences within highly racialised and hierarchical industries.

Young Migrant Identities is an in-depth exploration into the lives of Arab–Australian young men living in Western Sydney with creative career aspirations. Indeed, not only does Idriss explore how these men develop interests in fields such as music, filmmaking, and design, but she also examines the multilinear routes that they take to turn these interests into vocational identities. However, in the local migrant communities in which these young men live, creative identities are seen to compromise individual and familial prospects for social mobility, and artistic interests tend to go unsupported. Thus, this book also strives to offer new insights about how notions of gender, ethnicity, and social class are experienced because of these young men’s ‘risky’ career ambitions.

A timely volume, Young Migrant Identities draws together a range of theoretical issues and debates, engaging with sociological approaches to race and social class, creative and cultural economies, and studies on youth. It will particularly appeal to post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in fields such as Youth Studies, Ethnicity Studies, Cultural Economy, and Migration Studies.


This timely, rich study explores the complex journeys of young Arab-Australian men who pursue creative vocational aspirations as they juggle the competing forces of peers, family and community. Using a life-history narrative analysis approach the book offers new insights into the enduring significance of class, place, gender and ethnicity. In imagining their vocational futures they seek to belong to a broader creative community, building identities that go beyond shared migrant experience.

Professor Johanna Wyn, Director of the Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia

Table of Contents


Shu Hal Ayb!: The moral implications of creative passions in Arab–Australian families

Nike TNs and Dry Fit: The importance of style among creative aspirants

Being ‘weird’ is how you get ahead

Making money out of art: Parlaying the passion into a career

Politicised ethnic performativities

Conclusion: Retrospective and future selves

About the Author

Sherene Idriss is an Adjunct Fellow at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology (Religion and Society Research Cluster), Western Sydney University.

About the Series

Youth, Young Adulthood and Society

The Youth, Young Adulthood and Society series approaches youth as a distinct area, bringing together social scientists from many disciplines to present cutting-edge research monographs and collections on young people in societies around the world today. The books present original, exciting research, with strongly theoretically- and empirically-grounded analysis, advancing the field of youth studies. Originally set up and edited by Andy Furlong, the series presents interdisciplinary and truly international, comparative research monographs.

Contacts for the series:

Professor Tracy Shildrick:

Professor John Goodwin:

Professor Henrietta O'Connor:

Emily Briggs at Routledge:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General