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Governance and Religious Diversity in Australia: Multifaith relations and religious instruction in the State of Victoria

Halafoff, Anna 2016, Governance and Religious Diversity in Australia: Multifaith relations and religious instruction in the State of Victoria. In Dawson, Andrew (ed), Politics and practice of religious diversity: national contexts, global issues, Routledge, Abingdon, Eng., pp.101-117.

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Title Governance and Religious Diversity in Australia: Multifaith relations and religious instruction in the State of Victoria
Author(s) Halafoff, Anna
Title of book Politics and practice of religious diversity: national contexts, global issues
Editor(s) Dawson, Andrew
Publication date 2016
Series Routledge advances in sociology
Chapter number 5
Total chapters 10
Start page 101
End page 117
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, Eng.
Summary Australia, like many societies, is grappling with the reality that its population is becoming at once increasingly religiously diverse and non-religious. This is evident in a number of contentious public and policy debates, including those centred on religion and education. At the turn of the twenty-first century, and particularly after the events of 9/11, religion has featured prominently in the global media and been frequently associated with violence. This had led to the development of a number of strategies by state actors and religious communities aimed at the ‘management’ (Bouma, 1999) or ‘governance’ (Bader, 2007) of religious diversity; sometimes in partnership and, at other times, at odds with one another. The Australian state of Victoria has implemented a number of progressive policies and practices promoting positive multifaith relations and community resilience. Yet, it is still struggling with how best to oversee religious instruction and provide education about diverse religions and non-religious worldviews in government schools.
ISBN 9781138791817
97811315762555
Language eng
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2016, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088585

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