J.J. Smolicz and his Multicultural Legacy in Australia

By Vegneskumar Maniam.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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A sociological model of a multicultural society was developed by the late Professor Jerzy Smolicz, School of Education at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. The aim of this paper is to review the development of the model and its impact on education and social policy in Australia. Professor Smolicz was a distinguished scholar whose works on cultural and linguistic pluralism have been well recognised in Australia and internationally. His formulation of multiculturalism was based on core values as symbolic of a particular cultural group and its members, in juxtaposition with overarching values which are shared across all groups in society. The model was developed to understand the possible patterns of social and cultural interaction among members of the dominant and minority ethnic groups and thus to provide directions for education and social policy.

Keywords: Ethnicity, Cultural Interaction, Plural Societies, Multiculturalism

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 11, pp.135-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 738.339KB).

Vegneskumar Maniam

Phd Student, School of Education, Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Vegneskumar Maniam, Ph.D., is an academic in education at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His primary research focus is on Sociology of Education, especially in relation to issues of multiculturalism and sense of identity.


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