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Introduction: Creating White Australia: new perspectives on race, whiteness and history

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Abstract


  • As the promulgation of the White Australia Policy in 1901 would

    seemingly demonstrate, ‘whiteness’ was crucial to the constitution of the

    new Australian nation. And yet historians have paid remarkably little

    attention to this in their studies of Australia’s past. ‘Whiteness’, as a

    concept, has only recently been recognised as a significant part of the

    story of Australian nationalism. In seeking to understand the operations

    of ‘race’, historians have primarily looked towards Indigenous peoples

    and other ‘non-white’ groups. Creating White Australia takes a fresh

    approach to the questions of Australian national formation and the

    crucial role of race in Australian history. Including contributions from

    some of the leading scholars in Australian history as well as the work of

    emerging historians, it argues that ‘whiteness’ has been central to the

    racial regimes which have so profoundly shaped the development of the

    Australian nation.

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Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Carey, J. L. & Mclisky, C. (2009). Introduction: Creating White Australia: new perspectives on race, whiteness and history. In J. L. Carey & C. Mclisky (Eds.), Creating White Australia (pp. ix-xxiii). Sydney: Sydney University Press. http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/bitstream/2123/5849/1/Introduction_Creating-White-Australia.pdf

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781920899424

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2792&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1786

Book Title


  • Creating White Australia

Start Page


  • ix

End Page


  • xxiii

Place Of Publication


  • Sydney

Abstract


  • As the promulgation of the White Australia Policy in 1901 would

    seemingly demonstrate, ‘whiteness’ was crucial to the constitution of the

    new Australian nation. And yet historians have paid remarkably little

    attention to this in their studies of Australia’s past. ‘Whiteness’, as a

    concept, has only recently been recognised as a significant part of the

    story of Australian nationalism. In seeking to understand the operations

    of ‘race’, historians have primarily looked towards Indigenous peoples

    and other ‘non-white’ groups. Creating White Australia takes a fresh

    approach to the questions of Australian national formation and the

    crucial role of race in Australian history. Including contributions from

    some of the leading scholars in Australian history as well as the work of

    emerging historians, it argues that ‘whiteness’ has been central to the

    racial regimes which have so profoundly shaped the development of the

    Australian nation.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Carey, J. L. & Mclisky, C. (2009). Introduction: Creating White Australia: new perspectives on race, whiteness and history. In J. L. Carey & C. Mclisky (Eds.), Creating White Australia (pp. ix-xxiii). Sydney: Sydney University Press. http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/bitstream/2123/5849/1/Introduction_Creating-White-Australia.pdf

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781920899424

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2792&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1786

Book Title


  • Creating White Australia

Start Page


  • ix

End Page


  • xxiii

Place Of Publication


  • Sydney