ERIC Number: ED355166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Language and Culture in Australian Public Policy: Some Critical Reflections. Occasional Papers New Series No. 4.
The social, political, and ideological underpinnings of recent policy initiatives relating to language and culture in Australian society, in particular, those of concern to ethnic minority groups, are examined in this paper. The development of a policy for immigrant ethnic minorities has always been quite distinct in comparison with the indigenous minority, the Aboriginal groups, who by virtue of their historical and political status in society made different claims and demands on the state regarding matters such as cultural maintenance and language policy. This paper seeks to accomplish three main objectives. The first is to develop an understanding of how language has become manifest as an issue of public policy through an historical overview of the development of social policy in relation to migrants and ethnic groups during the last four decades. The second objective is to expose to critical scrutiny the rationale and some of the hidden and often unstated assumptions that lay behind these policies. Thirdly, given the continuing dominance of language and culture in policy development, the paper attempts to present the case for a paradigm shift away from a preoccupation with culture towards one more attuned to the current social reality and emerging needs of Australian society. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Western Australia, Perth. Dept. of Social Work and Social Administration.
Identifiers - Location: Australia