Multiculturalism is Unpopular with the Majority: Even though it makes for happier societies – LSE

ABSTRACT How do people feel about multicultural policies? Ethnic majorities tend to resent them, and feel less safe in societies with a number of affirmative and rights-based policies, write Pamela Irving Jackson and Peter Doerschler. As a result, governments have come under pressure to ensure policies that tackle inequality benefit everyone. Yet both ethnic majorities … [Read More] Multiculturalism is Unpopular with the Majority: Even though it makes for happier societies – LSE

Interculturalism: How diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Glenda Ballantyne, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Swinburne University of Technology. Western liberal democracies are again embroiled in debates about the value of multicultural policies. In Australia, the federal government has just released its own statement on multiculturalism. The current debates are unfolding in the context of the election of Donald Trump, … [Read More] Interculturalism: How diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance – The Conversation

The More We Mix, the Better – VoxEU.org

Extract from an article by Klaus Desmet, Altshuler Professor of Cities, Regions and Globalisation, Southern Methodist University, CEPR Research Fellow; Joseph Flavian Gomes, Assistant Professor, Navarra Center for International Development, University of Navarra and  Ignacio Ortuño-Ortin, Professor of Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Diverse countries tend to have more conflict, lower development, and worse public … [Read More] The More We Mix, the Better – VoxEU.org

Strong and Effective Racial Vilification Laws Needed to Stop the Spread of Racial Hatred – FECCA

EXTRACT The Australian Government must maintain strong and effective laws against racial hatred, Aboriginal, ethnic and human rights organisations said today in a joint letter that responds to the inquiry into the racial vilification protections in the Racial Discrimination Act. The release of the letter coincides with a meeting in Melbourne today between the UN … [Read More] Strong and Effective Racial Vilification Laws Needed to Stop the Spread of Racial Hatred – FECCA

Speaking Up: The Global Refugee Youth Consultations in Australia Report – MYAN, RCOA & GYRC

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY -Extract Speaking Up: The Global Refugee Youth Consultations in Australia Report, presents the voices and recommendations of young people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds from consultations that took place across Australia from February to May 2016. The Global Refugee Youth Consultations (GRYC) in Australia provided a rare opportunity to consult widely with young people across the country from … [Read More] Speaking Up: The Global Refugee Youth Consultations in Australia Report – MYAN, RCOA & GYRC

VALE Joyce Rebeiro: Educator, activist 6-05-1942 – 12-9-2016 – The Age

Extract from the obituary written by Jan Tresize & Des Cahill The unexpected passing of Joyce Rebeiro has been widely mourned, especially in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs. She was a social justice and multicultural activist and interfaith educator based upon her deep commitment to her Catholic faith … After high school she completed her Bachelor of Commerce before gaining her first job working with destitute refugees from … [Read More] VALE Joyce Rebeiro: Educator, activist 6-05-1942 – 12-9-2016 – The Age

Aussies say Yes to Immigration, Multiculturalism, Marriage Equality and Coal Reduction – Scanlon Foundation

Extract from Media Release Tuesday 22 November 2016 Australians have a low level of trust in government and are increasingly politically disengaged, but our nation remains highly cohesive, shows the Scanlon Foundation report released today. The 2016 Mapping Social Cohesion report is the annual study tracking Australian attitudes on issues including immigration, multiculturalism, discrimination, and political … [Read More] Aussies say Yes to Immigration, Multiculturalism, Marriage Equality and Coal Reduction – Scanlon Foundation

Brotherhood in the News: Youth Employment Monitor – My Chance, Our Future Campaign

November 2016 Welcome to the My Chance, Our Future Campaign – our latest Youth Unemployment Monitor provides key data and other insights on the challenges of high rates of youth unemployment in Australia. Significant structural changes in our economy have made the transition from school to work for young people much harder than it was … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: Youth Employment Monitor – My Chance, Our Future Campaign

A Brief History of Multiculturalism – All Together Now

SOURCE: All Together Now. “A Brief History of Multiculturalism.” All Together Now, 14 August 2016 Link to website BroCAP is produced by the two librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia. If you find our service useful and would like to contribute to ‘Working for an Australia Free of Poverty’, please consider … [Read More] A Brief History of Multiculturalism – All Together Now

How Temporary Migration is Changing Australia … and the world – The Conversation

Extract from text by Peter Mares More than 1 million temporary migrants are now living in Australia at any time. They include international students, skilled migrants on 457 visas, working holidaymakers, New Zealanders and refugees on temporary protection visas. This is a marked change from the permanent settler model that characterised Australian migration in the … [Read More] How Temporary Migration is Changing Australia … and the world – The Conversation

Leading for Change: A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership – Australian Human Rights Commission

Leading for Change starts the conversation about improving the representation of cultural diversity within Australian leadership. It provides guidance for how organisations can nurture leadership that is fit for our multicultural society and our global economy. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract This blueprint is the product of a working group convened by Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim … [Read More] Leading for Change: A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership – Australian Human Rights Commission

What Do We Mean by Social Cohesion in Australia? – Scanlon Foundation

The Scanlon Foundation’s CEO Anthea Hancocks gave a presentation to the Red Cross how we can work toward a more socially cohesive society. Extract … Social cohesion is a very broad term and encompasses building an inclusive society across all aspects of diversity but today I will focus specifically on the transition of migrants and … [Read More] What Do We Mean by Social Cohesion in Australia? – Scanlon Foundation

‘Everyday Otherness’: Intercultural refugee encounters and everyday multiculturalism in a South Australian rural town – Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

ABSTRACT In this paper, I investigate the lived experience of multiculturalism often referred to as ‘everyday multiculturalism’. I suggest that the concept of ‘everyday otherness’ offers further insight in understanding the intercultural dynamics of diverse communities and explore the ways in which individuals and communities have negotiated intercultural encounters and ‘otherness’ in a regional Australian … [Read More] ‘Everyday Otherness’: Intercultural refugee encounters and everyday multiculturalism in a South Australian rural town – Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Engaging with Diversity: A case study of the intercultural experiences of Muslim and non-Muslim students in an Australian school – International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

ABSTRACT The study explored how students in a highly diverse school experienced interacting within and between their languages, cultures and faiths.The findings highlight how students, and the school community more broadly, interpret, reflect on and manage reflexively the phenomenon of diversity. The role of languages and cultures is seen as key in mediating and creating … [Read More] Engaging with Diversity: A case study of the intercultural experiences of Muslim and non-Muslim students in an Australian school – International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

Whiteness, Morality and Christianity in Australia – Journal of Intercultural Studies

ABSTRACT This article examines the relationship between Christianity and claims about Australian culture. In modernity Christianity was reconstructed as fundamentally European and white. This article argues that English middle-class values, which historically have been deeply imbricated with the values expressed by the Church of England, have been taken up in Australia as the foundation of … [Read More] Whiteness, Morality and Christianity in Australia – Journal of Intercultural Studies

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