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Critical Reflections on Migration, 'Race' and Multiculturalism
Australia in a Global Context

ISBN 9781138184510
Published June 1, 2017 by Routledge
292 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Migration and its associated social practices and consequences have been studied within a multitude of academic disciplines and in the context of policies at local, national and regional level.

This edited collection provides an introduction and critical review of conceptual developments and policy contexts of migration scholarship within an Australian and global context, through:

  • political economy analyses of migration and associated transformations;

  • sociological analyses of ‘settling in’ processes;

  • multi-disciplinary analyses of migrant work;

  • a historical review of scholarship on refugees;

  • a Southern theory approach to cultural diversity;

  • sociological reflections on post-nationalism;

  • Cultural Studies analyses of public culture and ‘second generation’ youth cultures;

  • interdisciplinary and Critical Race analyses of ‘race’ and racism;

  • feminist intersectional analyses of migration, belonging and representation;

  • the theorising of cosmopolitanism;

  • a transdisciplinary analysis of gender, transnational families and care; and

  • a comparative, transcontextual analysis of hybridity.

An essential contribution to the current mapping of migration studies, with a focus on Australian scholarship in its international context, this collection will be of interest to undergraduates and postgraduates interested in fields such as Sociology, Cultural Studies, Geography and Politics.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Introduction Martina Boese

PART 1 Theories and Methodologies in Migration Research

Chapter 1 Understanding Global Migration and Diversity: A Case Study of South Korea

Stephen Castles

Chapter 2 Multiculturalism and Feminism: Women and the Burden of Representation

Georgina Tsolidis

Chapter 3 New Australian Ways of Knowing ‘Multiculturalism’ in a Period of Rapid Social Change: When Ibn Khaldun Engages Southern Theory.

Andrew Jakubowicz

PART 2 Migration, Settlement and the State

Chapter 4 Australia’s New Guest-Workers: Opportunity or Exploitation?

Jock Collins

Chapter 5 Theorising Migrant Work Beyond Economic Multiculturalism and Methodological Nationalism

Martina Boese

Chapter 6 Producing Knowledge about Refugee Settlement in Australia

Klaus Neumann and Sandy Gifford

PART 3 Race, Racism and Post-Nationalism

Chapter 7 (Not) Doing Race: ‘Casual Racism’, ‘Bystander Antiracism’ and ‘Ordinariness’ in Australian Racism Studies

Alana Lentin

Chapter 8 "It’s the end of the world as we know it…and I feel fine": Considering a Postnational World

Farida Fozdar

Chapter 9 ‘Race’ and the Lived Experiences of Australians of Sudanese Background

Karen Farquharson, Timothy Marjoribanks and David Nolan

PART 4 Cosmopolitanism and Transnationalism

Chapter 10 Australian Migrant Families and the Transnationalisation of Care

Loretta Baldassar

Chapter 11 Capitalism and Cosmopolitanism: A Very Australian Juxtaposition

Val Colic-Peisker

Chapter 12 Public Spaces in the Context of the Networked Citizen and M

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Vince Marotta  is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Deakin University and Coordinator of Publishing and Mentorship at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.

Martina Boese is a Lecturer in Sociology at La Trobe University.


In this volume, Boese and Marotta bring together some of the finest scholars in the areas of migration, 'race', and multiculturalism. Their contributions were written against the backdrop of global upheaval which feeds the politics of exclusion and challenges the way cultures and communities coexist. As such, this book is an essential primer for all wishing to understand the present and the future of human sociability in our changing times.

Zlatko Skrbis, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education), Monash University, Australia