Negotiating identity of Indonesian muslims in Australia

Muhtadi, Asep S and Fakhruroji, Moch and Syarif, Dede (2018) Negotiating identity of Indonesian muslims in Australia. In: Proceeding of the 2nd International Conference on Sociology Education. Scitepress, pp. 100-105. ISBN 978-989-758-316-2

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This paper seeks to scrutinize the process of identity formation of Indonesian Muslim in their new and different milieu in Australia. Using qualitative method, particularly a case study, focusing on IMCV (Indonesian Muslim Community of Victoria) as object of analysis, this paper argues that identity is dynamic and fluid. The identity is changing due to its new environment and to its relation with other identity. This is clear among Indonesian Muslims living in Australia where an environment was diverse comparing with their home country. As they arrived in new milieu, Indonesian Muslim become a minority group in Australia, thus they are potentially facing the process of identity crisis where they force to negotiate their original identity brought from their homeland towards new diverse milieu in Australia. To deal with it, efforts were conducted to conserve their identity in various negotiation processes which occurred within community and in relation to others community. The efforts w ithin community were implemented in various activities to solidify “the brought original identity”. This includes performing Islamic study groups, organizing sport and cultural festival, celebrating religious and national day, and to some extents in the way they dress up in daily activities like wearing veil and Indonesian Muslims cloth. While implicitly, an efforts directed in responds to outside environment was expressed by their accommodation to the Australian culture which is suitable to the core values of their original identity. Through this negotiation process, Indonesian Muslim living in Australia was identified for their accommodation and toleration to new environment making them as welcomed community among new different social and political milieu

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: IMCV; Solidarity; Identity Negotiation; Secular State
Subjects: Sociology and Anthropology, Society
Depositing User: Moch Fakhruroji
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2020 02:25
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2020 02:25

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