Multicultural Sociability, Imperfect Forums and Online Participation

Georgie McClean


This article explores the conditions for multicultural sociability facilitated by online current affairs forums hosted by Australia’s multicultural public service broadcaster, SBS. Multicultural sociability is defined as exchange of opinion, information-sharing and mutual acknowledgement within a commonly understood framework for participation. The analysis suggests that conversations facilitated by multicultural online forums are an important resource in a culturally diverse society as they offer up important new forms of participation and opportunities for mutual recognition and the exchange of views.

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