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Local governance and the challenge of religious pluralism in liberal democracies : an Australian perspective

journal contribution
posted on 2011-06-01, 00:00 authored by Fethi MansouriFethi Mansouri, Juliet Pietsch
Multiculturalism has gradually retreated as a meaningful concept for Australian identity and has, instead, been replaced by principles of equal citizenship and a commitment to the core values of Australian national identity. This paper firstly locates these shifts in broader theoretical debates underpinning democratic governance and equal citizenship. Secondly, and given that local government is a key constituent of Australia's democratic system, the paper seeks to explore the attitudes of local government representatives towards multicultural services and cultural citizenship in contemporary Australia. The empirical findings of this study show that a minority of local government representatives hold a negative outlook on cultural diversity and multicultural policies. The paper argues that it is important to ensure opportunities for intercultural understanding at the local level are optimised as a way of enhancing full and equal citizenship for all and thus creating greater possibilities for successful integration among religious and cultural minorities

History

Journal

Journal of intercultural studies

Volume

32

Issue

3

Season

Special Issue : Does Discrimination Shape Identity? Identity Politics and Minorities in the English-Speaking World and in France : Rhetoric and Reality

Pagination

279 - 292

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

0725-6868

eISSN

1469-9540

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Taylor & Francis