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Trends in social activism across Australian minority communities

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David Malcolm Robert Scott

Queensland University of Technology, AU
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This article explores trends in social activism across Australian ethnic minority communities over a ten year period (1999-2009) and its relationship to indicators of social cohesion. It explores the impact of social modernisation in enabling the facilitation of effective grassroots campaigns on issues relevant the communities’, and how they may influence public policy. Consideration is afforded to the impact on community participation with the rise of security policy on the national agenda, and significant events on domestic and global scales over a period which encompassed extraordinary acts of terrorism, irregular arrivals of asylum seekers, and unparalleled political and community confutation. It is asserted that participation in social activism is an important indicator of political empowerment within the dominant political structure, and could suitably enrich research into social cohesion in Australia.
How to Cite: Scott, D.M.R., 2011. Trends in social activism across Australian minority communities. Journal of Social Inclusion, 2(1), pp.53–64. DOI: http://doi.org/10.36251/josi.24
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Published on 23 Jun 2011.
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