How useful is the term 'culturally and linguistically diverse' (CALD) in Australian research and policy discourse?


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Author: Sawrikar, Pooja; Katz, Ilan


Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) was introduced in 1996 to replace Non-English Speaking Background (NESB), both of which are commonly used in the social policy discourse to refer to all of Australia’s ethnic groups other than the English-speaking, Anglo-Saxon majority. However, CALD has developed negative connotations. It can produce ‘relational exclusion’, or the feeling of not belonging, for both minority ethnic groups as well as the majority, and it can produce ‘distributional’ exclusion, which refers to unequal access to services, opportunities, or representation. We...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Research; Demographics; Culture and society; Policy; Equity

Keywords: Multiculturalism; Ethnicity; Diversity; Social policy; Social inclusion

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Sydney, New South Wales: Social Policy Research Centre, 2009

Physical description: 16 p.

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Conference number: 11th

Date: 2009

Place: Sydney, New South Wales

Statement of responsibility: Pooja Sawrikar and Ilan Katz

Resource type: Conference paper

Document number: TD/TNC 97.59

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