1st Edition

Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Australia

Edited By Marie De Lepervanche Copyright 1989
    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Australia is a major study of the impact of immigration on Australian society, and of the fragmentation that has developed along ethnic, class and gender lines. Rather than thumbnail sketches of ethnic groups or celebrations of multiculturalism, it offers detailed critiques of policy and practice, backed up by evidence from the experiences and research of the authors.

    This book confronts issues crucial to all Australians: the increasing fragmentation of the workforce; the class, gender and origin-based inequalities present in an 'egalitarian' country; and the ideologies, from racism to multiculturalism, designed to mask these inequalities.

    The authors also point to evidence of growing resistance to the status quo, and strategies for working towards a more genuine equality - to more positive education programmes, to political action at the workplace and beyond. The aim is to broaden readers' understanding of Australian society by including those who are so often omitted from analysis of that society.


    Tables and Figures


    1 Immigration and class: the Australian experience - Jock Collins

    2 Ethnicity, multiculturalism and neo-conservatism - Andrew Jakubowicz

    3 The 'naturalness' of inequality - Marie de Lepervanche

    4 Migrantness, culture and ideology - Michael Morrissey

    5 Multiculturalism and education policy - Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope

    6 Women on the move: migration and feminism - Gill Bottomley

    7 Non English-speaking women: production and social reproduction - Jeannie Martin

    8 A new Australian working class leadership: the case of Ford Broadmeadows - Constance Lever Tracy

    9 Migrant communities and class politics: the Greek community in Australia - Michael Kakakios and John van de Velden

    10 Generations and class: Sicilian-Australians in Melbourne - Bill Hampel

    11 Religion, law and family disputes in a Lebanese Muslim community in Sydney - Michael Humphrey




    Ethnicity, Class and Gender in Australia is the culmination of the contributors' years of research, teaching and political action. The editors have written and published widely in the area of race, class and social change, and GILL BOTTOMLEY is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Comparative Sociology at Macquarie University and is one of the coeditors of the recent book The Family in the Modern World (1983). MARIE DE LEPERVANCHE is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sydney. Her most recent publication is Indians in a White Australia.