Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts Honours
School of Psychology
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
Dr Justine Dandy
Australia's policy of multiculturalism was adopted in 1978. However, recent events in Australia have suggested some public dissent concerning multiculturalism, particularly among members of the dominant Anglo-Australian culture. Previous research in the Netherlands has found that essentialist beliefs about ethnic minority groups are related to negative attitudes towards multiculturalism within the dominant culture. This study was designed to qualitatively explore Anglo-Australians' attitudes towards multiculturalism and their beliefs about ethnic minority groups. A total of 11 participants were interviewed. Results showed that the participants expressed both positive and negative attitudes towards multiculturalism, and essentialist and non-essentialist beliefs about ethnic groups. The relationship between essentialist beliefs and multiculturalism was found to be complex and not as direct as previous research had indicated.
Charles, T. (2006). Anglo-Australians' attitudes towards multiculturalism and beliefs about ethnic groups. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/1057