Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

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


Andrew Jakubowicz is professor of sociology at UTS, and author of articles on multiculturalism. He is executive producer of the CDROM project "Making Multicultural Australia: a multimedia documentary".

Research Interests and Work in Progress:

Multiculturalism and the political sociology of ethnic relations; media, ethnicity and racism; disability and social theory.

Producing a CDROM multimedia project "Making Multicultural Australia"

Researching and writing book "Making Multicultural Australia".

Researching and writing book "Body Battles: Disability, Representation and Participation".


Information courtesy of UTS website  

Prof Andrew Jakubowicz
University of Technology, Sydney

Abandoning Ethnicity in the Name of Citizenship: The State and the End of Egalitarian Multiculturalism

When the NSW Premier Bob Carr chose to have himself named Minster for Citizenship in 1998, he did so in an environment charged with conflict over the meaning of multiculturalism. In the following two years the Ethnic Affairs Commission of NSW was replaced by the Community Relations Commission, while the Federal government floated the revised policy of Australian Multiculturalism and the acceptance of dual citizenship. There was also governmental demonisation of refugees at the national level, who became associated in public imagination with Islam and terrorism, while NSW had its own demonisation in a moral panic over Lebanese Muslim male youth rapes of young 'Australian' women. This paper uses historical similarities between the moral panics of 1947 over Jewish refugees from China, and the contemporary panics over Islam, to make an argument about the privileged and protected place of Christian moral hierarchies in the politics of Australian cultural change. It raises questions about the apparent secularism of the state in a multi-ethnic and poly-religious society.

Presentation Type
30 min. Paper


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