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Creating White Australia
Edited by Jane Carey and Claire McLisky
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781920899424

The adoption of White Australia as government policy in 1901 demonstrates that whiteness was crucial to the ways in which the new nation of Australia was constituted. And yet, historians have largely overlooked whiteness in their studies of Australia's racial past. Creating White Australia takes a fresh approach to the question of 'race' in Australian history. It demonstrates that Australia's racial foundations can only be understood by recognising whiteness too as 'race'. Including contributions from some of the leading as well as emerging scholars in Australian history, it breaks new ground by arguing that 'whiteness' was central to the racial ideologies which created the Australian nation.

This book pursues the foundations of white Australia across diverse locales. It also situates the development of Australian whiteness within broader imperial and global influences. As the recent Apology to the Stolen Generations, the Northern Territory Intervention, and controversies over asylum seekers reveal, the legacies of these histories are still very much with us today.

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 14 of 14
PreviewIssue DateTitleAuthor(s)
2009Whiteness, maternal feminism and the working mother, 1900–1960Swain, Shurlee; Grimshaw, Patricia; Warne, Ellen
2009A word of evidence: shared tales about infanticide and others-not-us in colonial VictoriaStephens, Marguerita
2009Perpetuating White Australia: Aboriginal self-representation, white editing and preferred stereotypesJones, Jennifer
2009The Wild White Man: ‘an event under description’Scott, Maggie
2009Theatre or corroboree, what’s in a name? Framing Indigenous Australian 19th-century commercial performance practicesCasey, Maryrose
2009Calculating colour: whiteness, anthropological research and the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Reserve, May and June 1938Davis, Fiona
2009‘A most lowering thing for a lady’: aspiring to respectable whiteness on Ramahyuck Mission, 1885–1900Cruickshank, Joanna
2009Colouring (in) virtue? Evangelicalism, work and whiteness on Maloga MissionMcLisky, Claire
2009Trans/national history and disciplinary amnesia: historicising White Australia at two fins de sièclesBoucher, Leigh
2009Reworking the tailings: new gold histories and the cultural landscapeMountford, Benjamin; Reeves, Keir
2009White, British, and European: historicising identity in settler societiesCurthoys, Ann
2009White anxieties and the articulation of race: the women’s movement and the making of White Australia, 1910s–1930sCarey, Jane
2009IntroductionCarey, Jane; McLisky, Claire
2009FrontmatterCarey, Jane; McLisky, Claire
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 14 of 14