Governance and Multiculturalism

The White Elephant of Social Construction and Cultural Identities

  • Catherine Koerner
  • Soma Pillay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Catherine Koerner, Soma Pillay
    Pages 1-38
  3. Catherine Koerner, Soma Pillay
    Pages 39-73
  4. Catherine Koerner, Soma Pillay
    Pages 101-120
  5. Catherine Koerner, Soma Pillay
    Pages 121-180
  6. Catherine Koerner, Soma Pillay
    Pages 221-269
  7. Catherine Koerner, Soma Pillay
    Pages 271-280
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 281-284

About this book


A key intervention in the growing critical literature on race, this volume examines the social construction of race in contemporary Australia through the lenses of Indigenous sovereignty, nationhood, and whiteness. Informed by insights from white Australians in rural contexts, Koerner and Pillay attempt to answer how race shapes those who identify as white Australian; how those who self-identify thusly relate to the nation, multiculturalism, and Indigenous Sovereignties; and how white Australians understand and experience their own racialized position and its privilege. This “insider perspective” on the continuing construction of whiteness in Australia is analyzed and challenged through Indigenous Sovereign theoretical standpoints and voices. Ultimately, this investigation of the social construction of race not only extends conceptualizations of multiculturalism, but also informs governance policy in the light of changing national identity.


construction of race whiteness sovereignty nationhood Indigenous peoples Australia colonialism multiculturalism governance racialized subjects racial inclusion

Authors and affiliations

  • Catherine Koerner
    • 1
  • Soma Pillay
    • 2
  1. 1.Federation University AustraliaMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Federation University AustraliaMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-23739-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-23740-0
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