'We're multicultural mate!' : regional Australian discourses of multiculturalism and the reproduction of 'white Australia' as a national identity /
Contributor(s): Haggis, JanePublisher: unpub. 2010Description: PDFSubject(s): Social Policy Congresses | Multiculturalism South Australia | National Characteristics, Australian | Race Relations | Ethnicity | Australia Emigration And Immigration - History | Pluralism (social Sciences) | Conferences | Interviewing (research) | Racial Discrimination | Cultural Differences | Case Studies | The Australian Sociological Association (tasa). Conference (2010: North Ryde, N.S.W.)Online Resources: Electronic copy
Conference paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference. Social Causes, Private Lives (2010 : North Ryde, N.S.W.) Bibliography : p. 10-11
This paper considers the complexities of 'everyday understandings' of multiculturalism as a discourse to deal with racialised difference. The paper is based on one of the author's doctoral research which analyses the complexities of how whiteness and race are socially produced and lived in regional Australia. Drawing on a set of qualitative interviews conducted in South Australia with 29 people who self-identity as 'white Australian' we consider the social and political history of a 'white Australia' continues to inform the terms of multiculturalism for these people. We argue that this reflects the ways that state multiculturalism manages diversity and obscures the language of race. As a consequence the white national identity remains raced without an everyday vocabulary to deal with it.