Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Kerry Elliott
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.

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Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001