Doubly estranged: racism, the body and reflection

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  • Authors:
  • Lindsey Garratt


This paper introduces the concept of “double estrangement”. Drawing on a large qualitative dataset it will argue that young migrant group boys in Dublin’s north inner city suffer from a break with their embodied selves as they are pushed between habitual and reflective action. The dual elements of “double estrangement” will be outlined, firstly, through the contention that visible difference and dispositions of the body mark minority boys out as not belonging within peer exchanges in three primary schools. Secondly, by arguing this has the effect of heightening a boy’s self-consciousness of their body as an object of value estranging them from their habitual embodied being.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617
Number of pages635
JournalEthnic and racial studies
Issue number4
Early online date14 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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