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Migrant youth and social policy in multicultural Australia: exploring cross-cultural networking

Effeney, Libby, Mansouri, Fethi and Mikola, Masa 2015, Migrant youth and social policy in multicultural Australia: exploring cross-cultural networking. In Mansouri, Fethi (ed), Cultural, religious and political contestations: the multicultural challenge, Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp.185-204, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-16003-0_12.

Title Migrant youth and social policy in multicultural Australia: exploring cross-cultural networking
Author(s) Effeney, Libby
Mansouri, Fethi
Mikola, Masa
Title of book Cultural, religious and political contestations: the multicultural challenge
Editor(s) Mansouri, Fethi
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 12
Total chapters 13
Start page 185
End page 204
Total pages 20
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Summary This chapter explores the extent to which the direction of Australia’s official multicultural and civic integration policies, reflects the social attitudes and networking practices of migrant youth. The chapter pays particular attention to the Federal Government’s “Anti-Racism Strategy” announced in 2012 as part of its Multicultural Policy. On a theoretical level, direct efforts to mitigate racism have the potential to augment strategies that reaffirm pluralism and address disadvantage often associated with the migrant experience. On an empirical level, it is important to explore the extent to which such top-level discourses have actual founding in the social lives of migrant youth. Therefore this chapter presents the empirical findings of an empirical longitudinal on “Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among Migrant Youth” (Australian Research Council Linkage project 2009–2013). Migrant youth in this study pointed to a number of instances of racism, which act as significant barriers to cross-cultural networking. Analysis of the data shows, among other things, that there is a persistent tendency among migrant youth to point to their social distance from the metaphorical “Aussie Aussie” people of Anglo origins who are perceived as symbolising Australia’s mainstream. Such manifestations of racial discrimination preclude the emergence of a genuinely inclusive society that supports and nurtures cultural diversity as a significant part of the Australian national identity, as well as the stated objectives of its social policy repertoire.
ISBN 9783319160023
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-16003-0_12
Field of Research 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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