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Political theory and Australian multiculturalism. /

by Levey, Geoffrey Brahm (ed.).

Publisher: New York, NY Berghahn Books 2008Description: xi, 316 p.Summary: "Multiculturalism has been one of the dominant concerns in political theory over the last decade. To date, this inquiry has been mostly informed by, or applied to, the Canadian, American, and increasingly, the European contexts. This volume explores for the first time how the Australian experience both relates and contributes to political thought on multiculturalism. Focusing on whether a multicultural regime undermines political integration, social solidarity, and national identity, the authors draw on the Australian case to critically examine the challenges, possibilities, and limits of multiculturalism as a governing idea in liberal democracies. These essays by distinguished Australian scholars variously treat the relation between liberalism and diversity, democracy and diversity, culture and rights, and evaluate whether Australia s thirty-year experiment in liberal multiculturalism should be viewed as a successful model " -- Publisher website.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Redefining Australians : immigration, citizenship, and national identity. /

by Jordens, Ann-Mari.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Hale & Iremonger 1995Description: xiv, 202 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.Notes: Includes index. Bibliography: p. 173-178Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

'We're multicultural mate!' : regional Australian discourses of multiculturalism and the reproduction of 'white Australia' as a national identity /

by Koerner, Catherine | The Australian Sociological Association | Haggis, Jane.

Publisher: unpub. 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Conference paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference. Social Causes, Private Lives (2010 : North Ryde, N.S.W.) Bibliography : p. 10-11Summary: 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.Availability: (1)

"Where are you from" : the paradox of African identity and belonging in Australia /

by Mapedzahama, Virginia | The Australian Sociological Association.

Publisher: unpub. 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Conference paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference. Social Causes, Private Lives (2010 : North Ryde, N.S.W.)Summary: This paper interrogates the question 'where are you from' by drawing on our experiences and points of view as visibly different African migrants who get asked this 'quintessential question of identity' almost on a daily basis. While acknowledging that a certain 'curiosity' sometimes drives the asking of this question, we still question the implications and multiplicity of meanings to those whom it is asked. We contend that being asked the question raises three key issues for us. First, we perceive it as exclusionary, in that in a white dominated society it is asked, mainly of certain groups of people who are visibly different. Second, the assumption behind the question - that one is not 'from here', constructs an/other whose identity is fixed and tied only to one faraway place, thereby erasing our hyphenated identities, which define our everyday lived realities. Third, it invokes feelings of ambivalence about place when it is interpreted as demanding a justification of the claim to belonging and being 'from here'. Our paper shows that the question is a matter of identity politics and exposes the complexity of identity work that occurs whenever this question is asked of us. In so doing, it highlights the contradiction between our Australian 'selves' and migrant 'other'.Availability: (1)

Experience and representation : contemporary perspectives on migration in Australian /

by Jacobs, Keith.

Publisher: Farnham, U.K. Ashgate Publishing Limited 2011Description: xi, 164 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: This book provides a critical overview of influential theoretical perspectives and recent empirical material in the fields of migration, race, culture and politics. With a primary focus on Australia, the book explores the complexities surrounding migration; sets out the most appropriate frameworks to understand ethnicity and racism; and assesses the utility of the concepts of globalisation, transnationalism and multiculturalism for interpreting contemporary society.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Reinventing Australia : the mind and mood of Australia in the 90s. /

by MacKay, Hugh.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Angus & Robertson 1993Description: 325 p. Includes index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Becoming Australian : migration, settlement, citizenship / Brian Galligan, Martina Boese & Melissa Phillips.

by Galligan, Brian, 1945- [author.] | Boese, Martina [author.] | Phillips, Melissa [author.].

Publisher: Carlton, Victoria Melbourne University Press, 2014Copyright date: 2014Description: xiii, 246 pages : illustrations, charts, graphs ; 21 cm.Notes: Australian politics and policy series, edited by Professor John Murphy.Summary: The year 2013 is the 40th anniversary of the end of the 'White Australia policy'. In these four decades Australia's immigration policy has shifted from a primary concern with cultural homogeneity or Britishness to a focus on demand-based skills through an increasingly fine-tuned system of points tests, occupation lists and employer-sponsored visas. Despite disproportionate politicisation of asylum seekers in recent public discourse, the intake of refugees and humanitarian entrants has remained relatively small. While Australia's contemporary migrant and refugee intake is truly multicultural, and governments continue to adhere to an official multicultural policy, integration into the Australian community and culture has been the dominant process, especially for second and third generation Australians. Australian identity and citizenship have changed in the last forty years, making Australia and its people more pluralistic and richly diverse. Becoming Australian focuses on the ways in which migrants and refugees meet the challenges of 'becoming Australian' and the transformative process for Australia and its people as they incorporate the continuing influx of multicultural peoples.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australia reimagined : towards a more compassionate, less anxious society / Hugh Mackay.

by Mackay, Hugh.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Pan Macmillan Australia, 2018Description: 325 p.Notes: Donated to The Social Policy Library, Brotherhood of St Laurence by Hugh Mackay Date: 25 June 2018Summary: 'When it comes to our future, misplaced optimism is as dangerous as blind faith. What is needed is the courage to face the way things are, and the wisdom and imagination to work out how to make things better.' Australia's unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. Public education is under-resourced. The gender revolution is stalling. We no longer trust our major institutions or our political leaders. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted - whether to our digital devices, drugs, pornography or 'stuff'. Yet esteemed social researcher Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. Twenty-five years ago, he revolutionised Australian social analysis with the publication of Reinventing Australia. Now he takes another unflinching look at us and offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia. You might not agree with everything he suggests, but you'll find it hard to get some of his ideas out of your head. Argued with intelligence and passion, this book is essential reading for everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better place for us all.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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