Local governance and the challenge of religious pluralism in liberal democracies : an Australian perspective

Mansouri, Fethi and Pietsch, Juliet 2011, Local governance and the challenge of religious pluralism in liberal democracies : an Australian perspective, Journal of intercultural studies, vol. 32, no. 3, Special Issue : Does Discrimination Shape Identity? Identity Politics and Minorities in the English-Speaking World and in France : Rhetoric and Reality, pp. 279-292, doi: 10.1080/07256868.2011.565738.

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Title Local governance and the challenge of religious pluralism in liberal democracies : an Australian perspective
Author(s) Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi orcid.org/0000-0002-4120-9391
Pietsch, Juliet
Journal name Journal of intercultural studies
Volume number 32
Issue number 3
Season Special Issue : Does Discrimination Shape Identity? Identity Politics and Minorities in the English-Speaking World and in France : Rhetoric and Reality
Start page 279
End page 292
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 0725-6868
1469-9540
Keyword(s) Australia
Equal Citizenship
Integration
Local Government
Multiculturalism
Summary Multiculturalism has gradually retreated as a meaningful concept for Australian identity and has, instead, been replaced by principles of equal citizenship and a commitment to the core values of Australian national identity. This paper firstly locates these shifts in broader theoretical debates underpinning democratic governance and equal citizenship. Secondly, and given that local government is a key constituent of Australia's democratic system, the paper seeks to explore the attitudes of local government representatives towards multicultural services and cultural citizenship in contemporary Australia. The empirical findings of this study show that a minority of local government representatives hold a negative outlook on cultural diversity and multicultural policies. The paper argues that it is important to ensure opportunities for intercultural understanding at the local level are optimised as a way of enhancing full and equal citizenship for all and thus creating greater possibilities for successful integration among religious and cultural minorities
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07256868.2011.565738
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
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