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The development and consequences of multiculturalism : as exemplified by the Polish diaspora intelligentsia

Naraniecki, Alexander 2004, The development and consequences of multiculturalism : as exemplified by the Polish diaspora intelligentsia, Bachelor of Arts with Honours thesis, School of Arts, Media and Culture, Griffith University.

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Title The development and consequences of multiculturalism : as exemplified by the Polish diaspora intelligentsia
Author Naraniecki, Alexander
Institution Griffith University
School School of Arts, Media and Culture
Degree type Honours
Degree name Bachelor of Arts with Honours
Thesis advisor Ganter, Regina
Date submitted 2004-10-28
Summary This study analyses the way intellectuals within the Polish Diaspora or Polonia in Australia use writing as a means to integrate the community within the host society whilst creating a distinct ethnic community identity. By interviewing authors and analysing the relationship between the evolving characteristics of Polish writing and social policy this study brings to light the shortcomings of multiculturalism. The controversial policy experiment of multiculturalism has lost support as it failed to redress central issues of social equity and as I will show created new social problems which have yet to be overcome. The central argument of the study is that multiculturalism created a reactive social environment which encouraged Diaspora ethnocentrism in a way that has been detrimental to national unity. I show how and why this policy has failed to foster inter-culturalism and why a move towards integration can lead to greater social cohesion and equity in Australian society. I also explore the extent to which Diasporas such as the Polonia have been agents of social change rather than recipients.
Language eng
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