Negotiating cultural difference in everyday life : some insights for inclusionary local governance
Lobo, Michele 2009, Negotiating cultural difference in everyday life : some insights for inclusionary local governance, in SOAC 2009 : City growth, sustainability, vitality and vulnerability : Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference 2009, Promaco Conventions, [Perth, W. A.], pp. 1-24.
With the waning of state-sponsored multiculturalism, local governments in Australia have assumed leadership and responsibility for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with stakeholders to promote diverse and inclusive cities. Engaging with residents often through consultation processes and interacting with key institutions, local governments aim to value local knowledge and mobilise citizen participation. This social interactive approach to building local knowledge in places officially and popularly identified as socially disadvantaged and culturally diverse, however, is fraught with interethnic tensions if cultural practices unintentionally priviÌege whiteness. In this paper I argue that such tensions can also give rise to moments of affective ambivalence that ate productive if it leads to the acknowledgement and questioning of white privilege within the formal agencies of government. Such questioning provides the possibility to value the voices of local residents and engage in meaningful intercultural dialogue. This paper draws on indepth interviews with planners, elected local councillors and residents in the City of Greater Dandenong, Melbourne, to illustrate the potential that the affective dimension of living with cultural diversity has in building governance capacity and inclusive understandings of citizenship.
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Field of Research
200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective
940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
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