A multicultural success story? Australian integration in comparative focus

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Busbridge, Rachel. (2021). A multicultural success story? Australian integration in comparative focus. Journal of Sociology. 56(2), pp. 263-270. https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783319869525
AuthorsBusbridge, Rachel
Abstract

Australia is often held up as an exemplary multicultural society in cross-national comparisons, particularly in relation to the integration of immigrants. Yet, this ‘grand narrative’ of Australia’s multicultural success risks an over-simplified picture of the dynamics of integration in Australia, obscuring dimensions on which Australia’s performance is comparatively poor. Juliet Pietsch’s Race, Ethnicity and the Participation Gap makes a valuable contribution to a more nuanced discussion, asking why the political participation of non-European ethnic and immigrant minorities in Australia is so low compared to Canada and the United States. This review article brings Pietsch into critical conversation with two recent books on comparative integration in North America and Western Europe: Richard Alba and Nancy Foner’s Strangers No More and Gulay Ugur Goksel’s Integration of Immigrants and the Theory of Recognition. Read alongside each other, these texts encourage deeper reflection on where Australia sits on a variety of indicators of immigrant integration as well as how integration is conceptualised in Australia. This article thus contributes to existing literature on the contemporary state of Australian multiculturalism, while also pointing towards directions for future research.

Keywordsimmigrant and ethnic minorities; integration; multiculturalism; political participation
Year2021
JournalJournal of Sociology
Journal citation56 (2), pp. 263-270
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN1741-2978
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783319869525
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85071482714
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Page range263-270
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