Interethnic understanding and belonging in suburban Melbourne

Lobo, Michele 2010, Interethnic understanding and belonging in suburban Melbourne, Urban policy and research, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 85-99.

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Title Interethnic understanding and belonging in suburban Melbourne
Author(s) Lobo, Michele
Journal name Urban policy and research
Volume number 28
Issue number 1
Start page 85
End page 99
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 0811-1146
1476-7244
Keyword(s) ethnicity
multiculturalism
everyday encounters
belonging
Dandenong
Melbourne
Summary Modelling and mapping ethnicity is a methodological approach used to understand the changing socio-spatial structure of the city. Such an approach uses a range of indicators to identify ethnic groups, map them in urban space and explain the changing nature of ethnic concentrations. The unintended consequences, however, are the labelling, marginalisation and exclusion of ethnic minorities. Critical approaches, in contrast, focus on making visible the politics of representation that mark and stereotype ethnic minorities and ethnic concentrations. Within contemporary research on ethnicity such work has drawn attention to the exercise of power in the constitution of ethnic identities, the invisibility of whiteness and the inherent tensions that are likely to arise in negotiating ethnic cultural differences in local places. Although this article draws attention to such tensions in a particular place, Dandenong, it engages in this discussion to argue that the everyday negotiation of cultural difference also provides the potential to blur fixed ethnic boundaries and contribute to interethnic understanding and a sense of belonging. Drawing on in-depth interviews with people who live and/or work in Dandenong, suburban Melbourne, this article underlines that such positive insights from everyday multiculturalism have the potential to inform and broaden policy debates on diversity and social inclusion in the multicultural city.
Language eng
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052427

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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