Mason, Robert (2010) Australian multiculturalism: revisiting Australia's political heritage and the migrant presence. History Compass, 8 (8). pp. 817-827.
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Australian multiculturalism has become central to the nation’s political landscape, yet historians have rarely considered the impact of government policies on migrants’ pre-existing political identities. Multiculturalism became government policy in 1973, in recognition of the new complexity of Australian society that followed greatly increased post-war immigration. The new policy sought to facilitate migrants’ inclusion in Australian society, without obliging them to surrender their cultural heritage. Similar to the government’s emphasis on ethnic identity, historians have displayed sustained interest in ethnic heritage, rather than on migrants’ political belief. New research in transnational histories and social memory studies provide renewed potential to evaluate the processes through which migrants’ political and moral ideals have been transferred to Australia. Memories of social norms and cultural landscapes existed in a dialogue with migrants’ everyday Australian experiences, helping to frame their engagement with broader society. The closer integration of multicultural studies with transnational research and memory studies offers new perspectives of Australian history, and a deeper understanding of migrants’ engagement in multicultural Australia.
|Item Type:||Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)|
|Additional Information:||Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Australia; multiculturalism; political heritage; migrants|
|Depositing User:||Dr Robert Mason|
|Date Deposited:||21 Sep 2010 00:41|
|Last Modified:||04 Oct 2013 05:47|
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