One people: Aboriginal assimilation and the White Australia ideal

McGregor, Russell (2009) One people: Aboriginal assimilation and the White Australia ideal. History Australia, 6 (1). 03.1-03.17.

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Abstract

This article 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: 5656
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Aboriginal assimilation; White Australia policy; Paul Hasluck; political propaganda, Australia; Australian nationalism
ISSN: 1833-4881
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2009 04:44
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 80%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 20%
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