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

Keddie, Amanda (2012) Australian multicultural policy: social cohesion through a political conception of autonomy. Journal of Sociology, : .

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Author Keddie, Amanda
Title Australian multicultural policy: social cohesion through a political conception of autonomy
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783312462166
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Australia
Cultural identity
Multicultural policy
Political autonomy
Western liberalism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 18 October 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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