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Social Change and Cultural Transformation in Australia

Social Change and Cultural Transformation in Australia

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  • Date Published: January 1998
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2001
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521424912

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  • The face of Australian society has been transformed since World War II with the arrival of more than one hundred different ethnic groups. During the 1980s 'multicultural' became the term used to describe this new society. While hundreds of reports, surveys and books have been devoted to analysing multiculturalism, few studies have looked systematically at the impact of ethnic diversity on Australian culture and institutions. This book looks beyond the rhetoric of multiculturalism. It examines social and cultural change since the 1940s, arguing that while the population has become ethnically and culturally diverse, Australia's power structures have remained monocultural, drawing mainly from the British inheritance. An intelligently written polemic, this book gives a picture of Australia in the 1990s quite different to that presented by many other writers and commentators. Much of its theoretical argument, as well as its empirical findings, will be relevant to readers interested in other societies of cultural diversity.

    • Provocative; many of its arguments will be contentious in Australia
    • Discusses issues of relevance to societies with ethnically diverse populations, including UK and US
    • Unique as it suggests strategies and policies to overturn cultural uniformity
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521424912
    • length: 277 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 33 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2001
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Social change and culture in contemporary societies
    3. Social change and culture in Australia
    4. Immigration and cultural diversity
    5. The Australian multicultural experiment
    6. Cultural diversity and class inequality
    7. Religious diversity in a 'Christian' country
    8. Cultural transformation and its effects
    9. The monocultural resistance to change
    10. Cultural transformation: Australian search for identity
    11. Culture, change and social life

  • Authors

    Adam Jamrozik, Flinders University of South Australia

    Cathy Boland, University of Sydney

    Robert Urquhart, University of New South Wales, Sydney

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