RAPOŠOVÁ, Ivana. ‘We can’t just put any belly-dancer into the program’ : cultural activism as boundary work in the city of Bratislava. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019, vol. 45, No 11, p. 2100-2117. ISSN 1369-183X. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2018.1440543.
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Original name ‘We can’t just put any belly-dancer into the program’ : cultural activism as boundary work in the city of Bratislava
Authors RAPOŠOVÁ, Ivana (703 Slovakia, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Abingdon, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019, 1369-183X.
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Original language English
Type of outcome article in a journal
Field of Study 50401 Sociology
Country of publisher United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
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Impact factor Impact factor: 3.116
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14230/19:00108798
Organization unit Faculty of Social Studies
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1440543
UT WoS 000476781500015
Keywords in English cultural activism; migration; civil society; multicultural festival; symbolic boundaries
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Abstract
Festivals are an increasingly more popular form of contemporary cultural activism. Countering prejudice through arts, using culture as a tool of communication, and creating an opportunity for marginalised groups to participate in public life, they represent a specific and novel means of civic activism. In this paper, I introduce a case study of the multicultural festival [fjúžn], aiming to enhance the public visibility of ‘new minorities’ and bring attention to the ethnic and cultural diversity in the city of Bratislava, Slovakia. Building on a festival ethnography and drawing on the perspective of boundary work (Jaworsky 2016), I show how the festival organisers work towards crossing and blurring symbolic boundaries in society. I offer a close interpretive reading of their attempts at capturing public places and cultivating a diverse language-scape, while showing how they simultaneously maintain, solidify, or even inscribe new boundaries. I conclude by raising critical points about the potential of activist cultural festivals to shift symbolic boundaries in the long run and serve as tools of social inclusion.
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Investor: Masaryk University, Grant Agency of Masaryk University, Category A
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