Multiculturalism and Integration

A Harmonious Relationship
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ISBN (print): 9781921862144
ISBN (online): 9781921862151
Publication date: July 2011
Imprint: ANU Press

Multiculturalism has been the official policy of all Australian governments (Commonwealth and State) since the 1970s. It has recently been criticised, both in Australia and elsewhere. Integration has been suggested as a better term and policy. Critics suggest it is a reversion to assimilation. However integration has not been rigorously defined and may simply be another form of multiculturalism, which the authors believe to have been vital in sustaining social harmony.

Reviews

Yoshikazu Shiobara reviews Multiculturalism and Integration by Professor Michael Clyne and Dr James Jupp in the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Volume 34, Issue 3, 2013). Shiobara highlights the value of this book for students and general critics of multicultural policy, writing:

“…students of Australian multiculturalism studies need to seek an alternative version of the theory of multiculturalism which has the power to criticise government policies and to transform problematic social structures into a fairer and more inclusive multicultural society through detailed academic researches as the contributors of this book do, not fluctuating between hope and despair on politicians’ fashionable words and attitudes. Since the mid-2000s, as the contributors of this book hoped, academic studies on multiculturalism and ethnic diversity in Australian society have increased again and many of them seek to shed light on different aspects from current discourses on multiculturalism. Therefore, this book is an important contribution because it provides a basis for further understanding on the new direction of Australian multiculturalism studies in the 2010s.”

(Shiobara, Yoshikazu. Review of Multiculturalism and Integration: A Harmonious RelationshipJournal of Intercultural Studies, Volume 34, Issue 3, 2013, pp298-300.)

 

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