The rise and falter of the field of ethnic politics in Australia

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dc.contributor.author Tabar, Paul
dc.contributor.author Noble, Greg
dc.contributor.author Poynting, Scott
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-31T09:39:56Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-31T09:39:56Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03-31
dc.identifier.issn 0725-6868 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3469
dc.description.abstract Since the advent of multiculturalism in Australia in the 1970s, ‘ethnicity’ has acquired not only cultural and social importance, but significant political consequences as groups mobilised around ‘ethnic communities’ and as the State increasingly structured social policy around cultural differences. The political patronage and funding central to Australian multiculturalism led to the development of organisations and leaders whose task was not only to service the needs of specific ‘ethnic communities’ but to represent them in the wider political field. This paper traces the emergence in Australia of the field of ethnic politics, in the Bourdieusian sense. Using the Lebanese ‘ethnic community’ as a case study, we analyse the accumulation by ‘community leaders’ of ‘ethnic capital’, which converts to symbolic capital that is recognised by the State as the capacity of leaders to represent ethnic communities. We argue that conflicts arising over moral panics around ‘Lebanese youth gangs’ in Sydney since 1998 have undermined the legitimacy of Lebanese community leadership. This has coincided with moves by the NSW government to devalorise ‘ethnicity’ and substitute it with ‘communal relations’, which accord with the national shift away from multiculturalism under the Howard government, as the politics of ‘One Nation’ are increasingly mainstreamed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title The rise and falter of the field of ethnic politics in Australia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle The case of Lebanese community leadership en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199329060 en_US
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department Social Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Intercultural Studies en_US
dc.journal.volume 24 en_US
dc.journal.issue 3 en_US
dc.article.pages 267-287 en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0725686032000172605 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Tabar, P., Noble, G., & Poynting, S. (2003). The rise and falter of the field of ethnic politics in Australia: the case of Lebanese community leadership. Journal of intercultural studies, 24(3), 267-287. en_US
dc.author.email ptabar@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0725686032000172605

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