Creative Australia and the Dispersal of Multiculturalism

Rimi Khan, Danielle Wyatt, Audrey Yue, Nikos Papastergiadis


This article analyses the national cultural policy, Creative Australia, in terms of its constructions of multiculturalism. These constructions encompass traditional welfarist agendas, a cosmopolitan creative economy, a reiteration of artistic standards of 'excellence', and a complex politics of nationhood and citizenship. Contrary to claims about multiculturalism's decline the policy reveals the persistence of multiculturalism, and a dispersal of its meanings and functions. Read in the context of a number of other recent multicultural policy statements the document exemplifies a contradictory set of objectives: to create the conditions for a successful creative economy, but also to mitigate against the post-national modes of identity and interrelation such economies imply. These disparate agendas are difficult to reduce into a singular narrative and instead highlight multiculturalism as a heterogeneous and unstable policy formation.



Multiculturalism; Creative Australia; cultural policy

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