Title

Muslim active citizenship in Australia: Socioeconomic challenges and the emergence of a Muslim elite

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

The most recent national Census demonstrated that Australian Muslims continue to occupy a socioeconomically disadvantaged position. On key indicators of unemployment rate, income, type of occupation and home ownership, Muslims consistently under-perform the national average. This pattern is evident in the last three Census data (2001, 2006 and 2011). Limited access to resources and a sense of marginalisation challenge full engagement with society and the natural growth of emotional affiliation with Australia. Muslim active citizenship is hampered by socioeconomic barriers. At the same time, an increasingly proactive class of educated Muslim elite has emerged to claim a voice for Muslims in Australia and promote citizenship rights and responsibilities.

School/Institute

Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society

Document Type

Journal Article

Access Rights

Access to ACU Staff and Students

Keywords

Muslims, active citizenship, socioeconomic marginalisation, civic elite, multiculturalism