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Political Theory and Australian Multiculturalism

Edited by Geoffrey Brahm Levey
With a New Preface to the Paperback Edition

328 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-492-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2008)

ISBN  978-0-85745-629-8 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (April 2012)

eISBN 978-0-85745-029-6 eBook

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The book deserves the attention of all those who wish to see the standard questions in the Anglo-American theory of multiculturalism debated from an Australian perspective, against the background of its distinctive history, demography, and party politics.”  ·  Nationalities Papers

"It is certainly the best and most serious book on Australian multiculturalism ever published."  ·  James Jupp, Director of the Centre for Immigration & Multicultural Studies, Australian National University

"What strikes the reader straight away is the quality of the contributors coming from a range of disciplines both within and beyond political theory and the organisation of the text itself. Overall, Political Theory and Australian Multiculturalism is a valuable contribution to understanding Australia's unique experience of multiculturalism in international context and goes a long way to awakening debates about multiculturalism in political theory and other disciplines."  ·  Australian Journal of Political Science

“All of the essays are thoughtful and well written. Taken together, they provide a helpful overview of the intellectual milieu within which Australian multiculturalism has arisen and evolved.”  ·  International Migration & Integration


Multiculturalism has been one of the dominant concerns in political theory over the last decade. To date, this inquiry has been mostly informed by, or applied to, the Canadian, American, and increasingly, the European contexts. This volume explores for the first time how the Australian experience both relates and contributes to political thought on multiculturalism. Focusing on whether a multicultural regime undermines political integration, social solidarity, and national identity, the authors draw on the Australian case to critically examine the challenges, possibilities, and limits of multiculturalism as a governing idea in liberal democracies. These essays by distinguished Australian scholars variously treat the relation between liberalism and diversity, democracy and diversity, culture and rights, and evaluate whether Australia’s thirty-year experiment in liberal multiculturalism should be viewed as a successful model.

Geoffrey Brahm Levey is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in political science at the University of New South Wales, where he was founding director of the Program in Jewish Studies. He is co-editor of Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship (with Tariq Modood, 2008) and Jews and Australian Politics (with Philip Mendes, 2004).

Subject: Refugee and Migration Studies Political and Economic Anthropology
Area: Asia-Pacific



Chapter 1. Multicultural Political Thought in Australian Perspective
Geoffrey Brahm Levey


Chapter 2. Anarcho-Multiculturalism: The Pure Theory of Liberalism
Chandran Kukathas

Chapter 3. Multiculturalism: A Value-Pluralist Approach
George Crowder

Chapter 4. Liberal Nationalism and the Multicultural State
John Kane

Chapter 5. "Something That Deserves our Admiration and Respect"
Barry Hindess


Chapter 6. Three Images of the Citizenry
Philip Pettit

Chapter 7. "Civicity" and Multiculturalism: A Comment on Pettit
Martin Krygier

Chapter 8. Multiculturalism and Resentment
Duncan Ivison


Chapter 9. Conflicting Imaginaries in Australian Multiculturalism: Women's Rights, Group Rights, and Aboriginal Customary Law
Moira Gatens

Chapter 10. Loyalty and Membership: Globalization and its Impact on Citizenship, Multiculturalism and the Australian Community
Kim Rubenstein

Chapter 11. Multiculturalism and Migration Law
Arthur Glass


Chapter 12. Multiculturalism, National Identity, and Pluralist Democracy: The Australian Variant
Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts

Chapter 13. A Pragmatic Response to a Novel Situation: Australian Multiculturalism
James Jupp

Chapter 14. Is Australian Multiculturalism in Crisis? A Commnet on Galligan and Roberts and on Jupp
Maria Markus

Chapter 15. Multiculturalism and Australian National Identity
Geoffrey Brahm Levey

Notes on Contributors

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