Muslim citizenship in everyday Australian civic spaces

Roose, Joshua M and Harris, Anita 2015, Muslim citizenship in everyday Australian civic spaces, Journal of intercultural studies, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 468-486, doi: 10.1080/07256868.2015.1049984.

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Title Muslim citizenship in everyday Australian civic spaces
Author(s) Roose, Joshua M
Harris, AnitaORCID iD for Harris, Anita
Journal name Journal of intercultural studies
Volume number 36
Issue number 4
Start page 468
End page 486
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0725-6868
Keyword(s) citizenship
civic engagement
Summary Questions about Muslims, multiculturalism and citizenship continue to shape the political discourse of many nations, including Australia, a nation often foregrounded as a beacon of multiculturalism in practice. The key assumption underlying these questions is that Islam constrains the full possibilities of citizenship in multicultural secular societies and that Muslims must be actively steered towards participation in civic life. By contrast, this article, based on research with 80 young Australian Muslims from migrant backgrounds reveals how Australian Muslims are enacting everyday citizenship through active, self-driven participation in multicultural civic spaces. This is a process overlooked by contemporary government approaches to the management of Muslim communities and alike. This article argues that is it access to these spaces of everyday interaction rather than an emphasis upon securitisation and civic literacy that fosters the development of citizenship and civic engagement central to the success of Australian multiculturalism. The article provides important considerations for those concerned with the future viability of multicultural policies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07256868.2015.1049984
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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