SSAP Challenging Racism Project Seminar

Event Name
SSAP Challenging Racism Project Seminar
30 April 2019
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
Parramatta Campus

Address (Room): EHa.1.30


A view from within and a view from without: Muslim residential concentrations in Melbourne and Sydney ABSTRACT This presentation draws from the insights of two large empirical projects, one completed (2016-2017) and the other in progress (2018-2020). The second project builds on the findings of the first, and both are focused on Muslim residential concentration areas. The entrenched policy wisdom is that ethnic residential concentrations concentrations are (potentially) problematic; the lived experience of their residents is that they are supportive and protective. When we look at available data (Census etc.) on Muslim concentration areas in Melbourne and Sydney, the only certainty is that most of them are 'socio-economically disadvantaged'. Our findings so far indicate that local policy interventions should focus on education, including migrant English, and employment, rather than on issues of 'radicalisation' and social cohesion. The presentation discusses the issue of perception vs. 'reality' of the insider/outsider view on these concentrations in relation to the issues of Islamophobia and socio-economic disadvantage. PRESENTER Associate Professor Val Colic-Peisker Val Colic-Peisker is an Associate Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Val does research in Urban Sociology, focusing on diversity, Global Mobility and Ethnic Relations. She uses Quantitative and Qualitative Research methods Her most recent publication (Palgrave, 2018) is a book, coauthored with Adrian Flitney: 'The Age of Post-Rationality: Limits of economic reasoning in the 21st century'. She currently researches neighbourhood diversity and Islamophobia in Australia.

Speakers: Associate Professor Val Colic-Peisker

Name: Alanna Kamp

Phone: 02 9685 9459

School / Department: SSAP