Australian Multicultural Policy and Television Drama in Comparative Contexts

May, Harvey Brian (2004) Australian Multicultural Policy and Television Drama in Comparative Contexts. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis examines changes which have occurred since the late 1980s and early 1990s with respect to the representation of cultural diversity on Australian popular drama programming. The thesis finds that a significant number of actors of diverse cultural and linguistic background have negotiated the television industry employment process to obtain acting roles in a lead capacity. The majority of these actors are from the second generation of immigrants, who increasingly make up a significant component of Australia's multicultural population. The way in which these actors are portrayed on-screen has also shifted from one of a 'performed' ethnicity, to an 'everyday' portrayal. The thesis develops an analysis which connects the development and broad political support for multicultural policy as expressed in the National Agenda for a Multicultural Australia to the changes in both employment and representation practices in popular television programming in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The thesis addresses multicultural debates by arguing for a mainstreaming position. The thesis makes detailed comparison of cultural diversity and television in the jurisdictions of the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand to support the broad argument that cultural diversity policy measures produce observable outcomes in television programming.

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ID Code: 15835
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Cunningham, Stuart & Flew, Terry
Keywords: Multiculturalism, Cultural Diversity, Television, Drama, Casting, Minorities, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Department: Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Harvey Brian May
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:50
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:39

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