Creative Australia and the Dispersal of Multiculturalism
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.
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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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