Ethnocentrism and Cultural Pluralism in Australia Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Ethnocentrism and Cultural Pluralism in Australia
An examination of the trends of ethnocentrism and cultural pluralism in present day Australia.
# 149216 | 2,079 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 29, 2011 in Ethnic Studies (Australian Aboriginals)

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The paper examines the impact of historically entrenched ethnocentrism in Australia by addressing the exclusion of native populations from the civic growth, economic development and cultural formulation of present day Australia. The paper finds from the research that while Australia is experiencing the establishment of greater economic pluralism, Aboriginals suffer an exclusion from occupational opportunities, educational institutions and health facilities that contradicts Australia's claim to true cultural plurality. The paper highlights how there has been a longstanding failure of the federal government to recognize the needs of the indigenous populations throughout Australia. The paper reaches the conclusion that ethnocentrism is a reality which is somewhat dominant for the present day Australian.

From the Paper:

"Indeed, for its connection to the strains of colonialism--which have always been inherently racialist in their iniquities--Australia serves us a great window into the impact of historically entrenched ethnocentrism. With respect to the Aboriginal populations of the continent, evidence abounds that a colonial background founded on British and European dominance has produce such a trend well into present day. The exclusion of native populations from the civic growth, economic development and cultural formulation of present day Australia delivers a fairly precise definition of that which is meant by ethnocentrism. This is a force which uses presumptions of a singular cultural perspective to define such complex systems as moral imperative, religious predilection, political representation and economic philosophy to the outcome that those not conforming to presumed ideals in these categories is inherently and problematically excluded. This is a definition given support "by now classic account of the origins of ethnocentrism has been given by Adorno et al. (1950). These authors identify ethnocentrism as part of a larger 'sickness' (sic) which they call authoritarianism and identify it as a phenomenon of the ideological Right." (Ray, 89) It is thus that the research here will take the decidedly biased position that cultural pluralism is a positive trend which ethnocentrism is a negative trend, qualified as such based on rational views of governmental orientation and the preservation of human rights."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Clarke, T. (2005). Racism, pluralism and democracy in Australia : re-conceptualising racial vilification legislation. UNSW Library. Online at
  • Cox, D.R. (1976). Pluralism in Australia. Journal of Sociology, 12(2), 112-117.
  • Craven, R. (1999). Teaching Aboriginal Studies. Allen & Unwin.
  • Davies, A. (1996). 'Ironising the myth of linguicism.' Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 17(6).
  • Elliot, G.; Cameron, R. & Acharya, C. (1999). An Empirical Investigation of Consumer Ethnocentrism in Australia. Macquarie University.

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