Arguing about assimilation: Aboriginal policy and advocacy in Australia

McGregor, Russell (2009) Arguing about assimilation: Aboriginal policy and advocacy in Australia. In: Attwood, Bain, and Griffiths, Tom, (eds.) Frontier, Race, Nation: Henry Reynolds and Australian history. Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 260-287.

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Abstract

In Australia in the 19505 and 1960s 'assimilation' was a capacious word. It was used not only by governments to refer to a disparate array of practices and programs but also by numerous individuals and organisations, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to designate an even greater diversity of projects in Aboriginal affairs. This point was made as long ago as 1971 by the pioneering historian of Aboriginal policy, Charles Rowley: More recently, several historians have extended Rowley's analysis of the varied objectives and strategies that clustered under 'assimilation'. Yet other historians continue to construe assimilation in remarkably narrow terms, as if it denoted little more than a concerted assault on Aboriginality.

Item ID: 8172
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: Australian Aborigines - politics and government; assimilation; integration; Australian Aborigines - history; Aboriginal activism
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ISBN: 978 1 921509 44 5
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2010 04:35
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 @ 60%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 40%
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