ABSTRACT: In this chapter, we sought to analyse the racial formation of white Australian identities. In so doing, we drew upon a social constructionist approach. The book is placed in the context of hegemonic narratives that shape white Australian identities. This is an empirical study of how white Australians construct their identities in their everyday lives, in a specific time and locality. The ethnographic method, described in this chapter, is best suited to collect qualitative data on and from the subjects to gain insight into their daily cultural practices and social relations. Frankenberg’s use of a theoretical analysis of race, racism, and colonialism to apply a substantive analysis of these processes in the daily life experiences of the women she interviews is used to explore how white identities describe race and cultural difference and how their descriptions reflect different moments in the history of race.
SOURCE: Koerner C., Pillay S. (2020) Methodological Insights. In: Governance and Multiculturalism. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 15 August 2019.
ABSTRACT: In this chapter, respondents who identify as ‘white Australians’ and are Australian-born talk about multiculturalism, refugees, and national identity. The point of this chapter is to analyse the complexities of ‘everyday understandings’ of several discourses. White Australia and multiculturalism are discourses intended to understand differences, including differences associated with migrants and refugees. National identity is a discourse of belonging to the country. How do these discourses speak to each other? How do they engage with Indigenous sovereignty? The central argument is that the social and political history of a ‘white Australia’ continues to inform the terms of multiculturalism and ignore Indigenous sovereignty.
SOURCE: Koerner C., Pillay S. (2020) ‘We’re Multicultural Mate!’ Understanding Multiculturalism in Australia. In: Governance and Multiculturalism. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 15 August 2019.
ABSTRACT: This chapter discusses Aboriginal policy and in particular, the federal Aboriginal policy and legislation of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) and the contemporary extension termed ‘Stronger Futures’ until 2020. The NTER is significant because the then Howard Liberal Coalition and successive federal governments legislated and intervened in the Northern Territory that is, a democratically self-governing territory but not federated state. This chapter also examines in detail how empathy and compassion is witheld from those racialised as ‘Other’ or ‘Outsiders’ because of the white patriarchal capitalist possessive logic underpinning federal Aboriginal policy written by hegemonic identities.
SOURCE: Koerner C., Pillay S. (2020) Policy, Practice, and Legislative Matters. In: Governance and Multiculturalism. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 15 August 2019.
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