Hope and belonging in a multicultural suburb

Amanda Wise*

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In this paper I explore the complex nature of multiculturalism as place-sharing, of cross-cultural interaction, or multiculturalism of inhabitance. I investigate, in particular, the struggles over and potentials for a sense of hopefulness and belonging in a culturally diverse suburb shared by more than one ethnic group. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in the Sydney suburb of Ashfield, I present a series of ethnographic vignettes that represent what I term 'hopeful intercultural encounters'. I theorise these in terms of Simmel's notion of gratitude, and Hage's notion of'hope on the side of life' as a means of reflecting on the social possibilities for new forms of integration in culturally diverse localities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-186
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Intercultural Studies
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005


  • Age
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Hope
  • Intercommunal Relations
  • Intercultural Relations
  • Multiculturalism
  • Place
  • Racism
  • Social Cohesion


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