Don't Go Back to Where You Came from

Don't Go Back to Where You Came from : Australia's Multicultural Genius

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Many earnest books were published about multiculturalism in the 1980s and 1990s, mainly feel-good stories that corresponded with the agreed bipartisan multicultural policy that existed. This perception, if not reality, shifted markedly in 2001, indirectly because of Tampa and 9/11, but also because the Howard government was ambivalent, if not downright hostile, to the policy. In Don't Go Back to Where You Came From: Australia's Multicultural Genius , Tim Southphommasane stakes a claim for the overwhelming success of multiculturalism in Australia, particularly when compared to European countries. As he puts it: 'The key is that multiculturalism has always been a citizenship policy and has always been about integration. But it has only rarely been understood this way: for supporters, it has been just about lifestyle and pho/laksa/kebabs/souvlaki; for its critics, it has been about cultural relativism, ethnic ghettos, reverse racism and the introduction of Sharia law'.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134 x 208 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • UNSW Press
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • New.
  • 1742233368
  • 9781742233369
  • 186,272

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About Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane is a political philosopher at Monash University's National Centre for Australian Studies and the Per Capita think tank. He is also a columnist with The Weekend Australian . He worked for Bob Carr when he was NSW Premier and for Kevin Rudd when he was federal opposition leader. A former leader writer at the Financial Times and The Guardian , he is a regular contributor to The Monthly and The Australian Literary Review as well as ABC News 24. Tim holds a doctorate (and masters) in political philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. He is the author (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That's Left: What Labor Should Stand For (NewSouth, 2010) and Reclaiming Patriotism: Nation-Building for Australian Progressives (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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