ABSTRACT

In Australia, whiteness that provides the privilege of cultural dominance can be understood within the context of European colonial expansion. This chapter builds on some contemporary understandings of governmentality and whiteness to illustrate how power is exercised through cultural practices that regulate the production of knowledge and truth about ethnic people and the places where they live. It focusses on how such knowledge is created within government reports, policy documents, metropolitan newspaper reports, and stories told by community workers and local planners in the suburban Australian context. The chapter uses discourse and narrative analysis as methodological tools to examine micro-practices that have implications for understanding social inclusion within the city, the nation and the wider world. It shows the link between minority ethnicities and social disadvantage in Dandenong. The chapter then explores whether the practices that identify ethnic minorities influence practices by community workers and local planners.