Italian Immigrants and the Built Environment in Rural Australia

Kirrily Jordan, Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Jock Collins

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Non-Anglo-Celtic immigrants have transformed Australian rural landscape 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 immigration 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 Italian immigrants in facilitating social networks and improved relations within and between Griffith's ethnic communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Community to Consumption
Subtitle of host publicationNew and Classical Themes in Rural Sociological Research
EditorsM Shucksmith M Shucksmith
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780857242815
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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