Social inclusion, multiculturalism and difference

Babacan, Hurriyet, and Babacan, Alperhan (2009) Social inclusion, multiculturalism and difference. Australian Mosaic, 23. pp. 18-20.

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Abstract

[Extract] Australia, by world standards, has demonstrated a successful policy of multiculturalism over the last three decades. Despite the diversity of the nation, Australia has largely had a socially cohesive society and has been relatively free from violence based on ethnic or racial differences. Notwithstanding the overall success of multicultural policies in Australia, events such as attacks on Indian students in Melbourne, attacks on those who are of 'Middle Eastern appearance' in Cronulla still do occur. For a humananitarian country, signatory to United Nations human rights covenants, we have detained asylum seekers and vilify those of Muslim backgrounds and Ministers of the government can argue that Africans bring diseases into the country. How do we explain these occurrences in a country which has had three decades of successful immigration and multicultural policies? In this article we critique the current public discourse about multiculturalism, explore the relationship between multiculturalism and human rights and conclude with a discussion of the future areas for advocacy by ethnic communities.

Item ID: 17924
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1447-8765
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 02:58
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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