PhD Student, University of Queensland
An Example of the Social Construction of Multiculturalism
Multiculturalism promotes numerous theories and practices. However,
to find a cohesive view of multiculturalism is elusive. Yet,
the available multiple theories and perspectives, rarely, if
ever, reveal or ask about a community's perceptions of multiculturalism.
What is a community's understanding of multiculturalism (in all
its complexity)? How is multiculturalism socially constructed?
What is the basis of the multiple theories of multiculturalism,
if there is no consultation with the stakeholders? Is there a
reality of multiculturalism or is there only a discourse? This
paper poses these questions and discusses a study that endeavours
to search for the answers.
Kerry Elliott was a teacher for fifteen years prior to commencing
research on the social construction of multiculturalism which
began in 1998. She hopes to submit her thesis early in 2002.