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- Publisher: UNSW Press
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 208mm x 22mm | 259g
- Publication date: 1 January 2013
- Publication City/Country: Sydney
- ISBN 10: 1742233368
- ISBN 13: 9781742233369
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 153,720
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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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).