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Re-thinking multiculturalism: performing the Cronulla beach riot

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by Katya Johanson, Hilary GlowHilary Glow
Since 11 September 2001, Australia’s race relations have been an issue of significant cultural concern, particularly relations between Anglo-Celtic and Middle-Eastern Australians. Riots on Cronulla Beach, Sydney, in December 2005 heightened this concern. This paper looks at the events at Cronulla and the debates they catalysed about race relations in Australia, and examines how these discourses have been shaped by arguments from both the Right and the Left. Informed by the discourse of critical multiculturalism, we examine several performance-based arts activities that made the riots their subject matter and argue that these arts practices reflect a larger cultural concern about the currency of traditional forms of multiculturalism, and promote instead an emphasis on understanding racial conflict as a critical negotiation over shared territories and values.

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Journal

International journal of the humanities

Volume

5

Pagination

37 - 43

Location

Altona, Vic.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1447-9508

eISSN

1447-9559

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2007, Common Ground, Katya Johanson, Hilary Glow

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