The last decade witnessed a growing population of refugees and humanitarian entrants from Sub-Saharan African settling in Western Australia. The Australian-Sudanese community constitutes one such significant group. This paper explores experiences of Sudanese-Australians as they encounter and negotiate their way through communal public space in select northern metropolitan suburbs in Perth, with reference to Local Government practices regulating access to public local amenities. The article discusses ways in which social and cross-cultural discourses mediate how communities make sense of the use of public space. It delves into specific detail concerning knowledge that mediates construction of meanings made in relation to experiences of communal public space. The findings offer insights into ways that the community perceives notions of public space; and understandings they bring to bear as they navigate their way through this realm. The case study provides some useful insights into questions of spatial governance concerning contemporary multicultural global cities.
|Keywords:||Communal Public Space, Spatial Cross-Cultural Encounters, Migration and Settlement, Governance of Public Space|
Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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