Australian multicultural policy: social cohesion through a political conception of autonomy

Keddie, Amanda 2014, Australian multicultural policy: social cohesion through a political conception of autonomy, Journal of sociology, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 408-421, doi: 10.1177/1440783312462166.

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Title Australian multicultural policy: social cohesion through a political conception of autonomy
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 50
Issue number 4
Start page 408
End page 421
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-12
ISSN 1440-7833
Keyword(s) Australia
cultural identity
multicultural policy
political autonomy
western liberalism
Summary This article provides an account of the governance discourses informing Australia’s multicultural policy history. The article problematises the liberal ideologies informing these discourses – as essentialising the cultural identity of minority groups within exclusionary values about what constitutes the common good. Highlighting the ongoing imperative of questioning current frames for understanding and approaching multiculturalism, the article strengthens existing research that calls for alternative models that support a political conception of autonomy. The key argument is that social cohesion, unity and solidarity can be engendered through this conception where a situationally defined, rather than essentialised, view of culture enables recognition and legitimising of a proliferation of voices and versions of national identity and the common good.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783312462166
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
1608 Sociology
2002 Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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