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Australian public policyProgressive ideas in the neo-liberal ascendency$
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Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.001.0001

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Culture and diversity

Culture and diversity

Chapter:
(p.133) Eight Culture and diversity
Source:
Australian public policy
Author(s):

George Crowder

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.003.0008

Many observers now claim that in Australia, as elsewhere, multiculturalism is in retreat. Perhaps it would be truer to say that the opposition to multiculturalism is more insistent and articulate now than it was in the past. This chapter considers the arguments for and against multiculturalism with especial reference to Australia, leaning ultimately towards a qualified defence. It is important, first, to clarify and answer some salient issues of definition. This will lead to an examination of some questions of philosophical justification. How multiculturalism is justified will, in turn, determine what kind of multiculturalism is being talked about. With these understandings in place, the chapter reviews a selection of standard objections to multiculturalism, and offers some responses.

Keywords:   multiculturalism, recognition, justification, cultural relativism, Will Kymlicka

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