Experiences of Using Public Space: A Sudanese Case Study in Western Australia

By Pendo Mwaiteleke and Antonio Buti.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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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

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.191-204. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 655.640KB).

Dr. Pendo Mwaiteleke

Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Pendo Mwaiteleke is a Lecturer in Social Work & Social Policy at Curtin University of Technology where she has taught over the last 11 years. She also has extensive practice experience in policy development, advocacy, community work, and case-management. She previously worked with government and the non-government sectors for 10 years prior to joining academia. Pendo is also the immediate past Women’s Chair for the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia.

Prof. Antonio Buti

Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Professor Antonio Buti holds the degrees of BPE (Hons), Dip Ed, MIR (W.Aust.); LLB (Hons) (ANU); and DPhil (Oxon). He is Professor of Law in the Law School of The University of Western Australia. He is also Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia.

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