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Research and policy in ethnic relationsCompromised dynamics in a neoliberal era$
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Charles Husband

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314899

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314899.001.0001

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‘Hating to know’

‘Hating to know’

government and social policy research in multicultural Australia

(p.53) Two ‘Hating to know’
Research and policy in ethnic relations

Andrew Jakubowicz

Policy Press

This chapter in providing a detailed account of the experience of ethnic relations research in Australia provides a telling case study of the vulnerability of ‘independent’ research to the external pressures of government ideology and their dominant constructions of ‘multiculturalism’. The argument demonstrates how discursive and political shifts within different domains of policy, whilst being relatively independent of each other in origin and key modes of expression, may at the same time cohere in having a cumulative impact. The account provided here of the facilitation, and destruction, of communities of knowledge around ethnic relations in Australia provide a troubling insight into the fragile autonomy of research networks committed to developing progressive equalitarian policies.

Keywords:   State multicultural policy, Culture wars, Race and racisms, ‘dangerous’ social sciences

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