How can diversity flourish locally and globally under conditions of uneven globalisation?
Intensifying globalisation has had a profound impact upon current practices of multiculturalism. Where people once thought of themselves as related to a single ethnicity within a national frame, many people now relate to more hybrid identities. Experiences of diversity are shifting with intergenerational change, cultural adaptation, intermarriage, temporary migration, media flows and the widening cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of immigrants to Australia. The program explores the impact of this ‘diversification of diversity’, investigating its implications for a range of issues such as education, housing, Indigenous policy and Australia’s changing position within the Asian region. Our research seeks to create understandings around social order, identities and relations and to lead to the better management of diversity and its impact on everyday life. Current projects focus on the diversity and civic engagement of Chinese communities in Australia and the significance of diversity for cultural policy and planning at the municipal level. We work on these and other problems with institutions and end-users such Multicultural NSW, NSW Department of Education, the City of Sydney Council, Create NSW and Cultural and Indigenous Research Australia.
Members of the Diversity and Globalisation program include Professor Kay Anderson, Dr Malini Sur, Dr Shanthi Robertson, Professor Megan Watkins, Emeritus Professor David Rowe and Professor Deborah Stevenson.