Ethnic monitories and the built environment in rural and regional Australia: Sites of segregation or inter-cultural exchange?

Kirrily Jordan, Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Jock Collins

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Abstract

Rural ethnic minorities occupy unique economic, social, as well as geographical places in Australian society. Non-Anglo-Celtic immigrants have transformed the rural landscapes through the construction of public and private spaces expressing their cultural heritage. These sites can also significantly impact the dynamics of social cohesion and intercultural relations in multicultural rural communities. This paper links heritage and multiculturalism in rural settings and explores the potential role of the sites built by rural ethnic minorities in facilitating intra - group and inter - group social networks.The paper is divided into two parts. The first part briefly explores the literature on the migration and heritage, place, belonging and social cohesion, and the relationship between social capital and the built environment. The second part outlines preliminary empirical findings from Griffith in New South Wales. Using the concepts of inter-cultural dialogue and bonding and bridging social capital, the paper explores the role of the places built by non-Anglo-Celtic migrants in facilitating social networks and improved relations within and between Griffith’s ethnic communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-176
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations
Volume6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - May 2007

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