Making one people: Whiteness, Australian nationhood and Aboriginal assimilation

McGregor, Russell (2007) Making one people: Whiteness, Australian nationhood and Aboriginal assimilation. In: Proceedings of the Historicising Whiteness Conference, pp. 71-79. From: Historicising Whiteness Conference, 22-24 November 2006, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper uses a series of Commonwealth government assimilation propaganda booklets, published between 1957 and 1963, as the starting point for an exploration of the relationship between Aboriginal assimilation policy and changing conceptions of Australian nationhood. It argues that the ethnic nationalism that provided the foundations of the White Australia policy in the federation era, and of Aboriginal policy for much of the interwar period, was giving way in the 1950s and 1960s to a stronger emphasis on civic nationalism; and that the Commonwealth promoted this shift in the interests of securing the national inclusion of Indigenous Australians.

Item ID: 3153
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: Indigenous Australians, assimilation, nationalism, whiteness
ISBN: 978-1-921166-80-8
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2009 00:29
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 60%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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