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Migrant women and discrimination in Australia: a tiered narrative study /

By: Bamforth, Jill | Deakin University. Centre for Citizenship and GlobalisationSeries: Citizenship and globalisation research papersPublication details: Geelong, Vic. Deakin University. Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation March 2011 Description: PDFISSN: 1838-2118(print); 1838-2126(online)Other title: Citizenship and globalisation research paper ; volume 2, no. 2Subject(s): Immigrant Women Social Conditions | Race Relations | Discrimination | Sex Discrimination Against Women | Migrant Women | Legal IssuesOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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December 2010 Includes bibliographical references

Whilst media representations of race relations in Australia depict a tolerant multicultural society, official records of discrimination, together with public events concerning migrant women, have combined to unsettle this egalitarian view. This article reports on a tiered study which uses the methods of critical race theory to provide insights into the nature and extent of race and gender discrimination experienced by migrant women in Australia. These insights are derived from a first hand narrative account of one migrant woman's experiences of the rental housing market and legal system, and a comparison of her narrative with those told of the same event by one social work and two legal professionals. The study reveals that, although the migrant woman's legal challenges were successful, she experienced serious reprisals related to these challenges, and was involved in a cycle of housing related difficulties which her legal challenges did not address. The comparison of the accounts shows that the professionals? accounts took either a 'telescopic' or 'panoramic' view of these issues. Whilst the panoramic view resulted in a greater awareness of the social context of the migrant woman's housing and legal difficulties, race and gender discrimination were not always identified. The study concludes that the professional and institutional filtration of discrimination means that the view of multicultural tolerance in Australia remains unchallenged.

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