Young People and Social Inclusion in the Multicultural City

Project Overview

This Future Fellowship project is a sociological analysis of young people's negotiation of social cohesion and civic belonging in multicultural communities. Up to three quarters of the youth of industrialised nations live in cities characterised by rapid global flows of people and cultures. The experiences of young people of diverse backgrounds can be both a barometer of cohesion and a critical source of information about informal and local practices that shape inclusion in conditions of increasing mobility and cultural change.

This project responds to calls for empirical studies of the creative and productive strategies young people employ to live well with difference in their local neighbourhoods. It establishes how young people of diverse backgrounds create and contest productive intercultural relations in some of the most multicultural places in Australia and compares young people's strategies for living with difference in these key Australian sites with international sites including Italy and Malaysia.

It aims to:

  • Identify the strengths of, and challenges faced by, young people of diverse backgrounds creating local belonging, inclusive civic practices and multicultural forms of citizenship;
  • Establish the gaps and links between informal and local practices of inclusion and connectedness and formal programs and policies to enhance community cohesion and national belonging;
  • investigate the function of particular kinds of civic space and youth cultures in young people’s practices of social inclusion and exclusion.

Project Funding

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship Grant Scheme: FT100100163