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Globalisation, immigration and multiculturalism – the European and Australian experiences


Pakulski, J and Markowski, S, Globalisation, immigration and multiculturalism - the European and Australian experiences, Journal of Sociology, 50, (1) pp. 23-36. ISSN 1440-7833 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1440783314522186


Australian multiculturalism – an integrative policy strategy aiming at managing cultural diversity – was adopted as government policy in Australia in the 1970s. In its original rendition, Australian multiculturalism was embedded in classical sociological theory, integrative, reciprocal, egalitarian and respectful of the majority. However, it has also been confused with ethnic pluralism and assimilationist ‘melting pot’ approaches, and these confusions are apparent in the recent European and domestic criticisms. The article outlines the principles of Australian multiculturalism, identifies its theoretical foundations, and highlights some of the popular confusions about its meaning, focus and objectives.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Pakulski, J (Professor Jan Pakulski)
ID Code:91536
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-05-21
Last Modified:2022-06-29

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