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Legacies of Violence: Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia

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Legacies of Violence

Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia

Edited by Robert Mason

266 pages, 1 illus., 1 map, 2 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-436-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2016)

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“The contributions to Legacies of Violence represent a compelling effort to use violence as a framework for understanding the interconnectedness of issues like whiteness and the state. This collection makes an important contribution to our historical understanding of Australian history, and to the history of violence, race, gender, and sexuality.” · Gregory Smithers, Virginia Commonwealth University


Whether in the form of warfare, dispossession, forced migration, or social prejudice, Australia’s sense of nationhood was born from—and continues to be defined by—experiences of violence. Legacies of Violence probes this brutal legacy through case studies that range from the colonial frontier to modern domestic spaces, exploring themes of empathy, isolation, and Australians’ imagined place in the world. Moving beyond the primacy that is typically accorded white accounts of violence, contributors place particular emphasis on the experiences of those perceived to be on the social periphery, repositioning them at the center of Australia’s relationship to global events and debates.

Robert Mason is a lecturer at Griffith University, Queensland. He is editor of several collections, including Cultures in Refuge: Seeking Sanctuary in Modern Australia (2012 with Anna Hayes) and Migration and Insecurity: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era (2013 with Niklaus Steiner and Anna Hayes). His research focuses on emotion and the legacies of violence in both migration and heritage.

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present History: 18th/19th Century Colonial History
Area: Asia-Pacific


Introduction: Rendering the Legacies of the Past
Robert Mason

Chapter 1. The Politics of State-Sanctioned Violence in Australia: Racialized Constructions of Nation
Linda Briskman


Chapter 2. Uncovering the Shameful: Sexual Violence on an Australian Colonial Frontier
Libby Connors

Chapter 3. Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Identities in the Workplaces of Northern Australia
Robert Mason

Chapter 4. The Family Trust: On Assimilation, Migration and Concealing Ambivalent Identities
Ruth Longdin

Chapter 5. Legacies of the Uyghur Homeland and Uyghur–Australians
Anna Hayes


Chapter 6. The Greek Civil War, Child Removal and Traumatic Pasts in Australia
Joy Damousi

Chapter 7. From Hell to Hope: Postwar Jewish Holocaust Survivor Migration
Suzanne Rutland

Chapter 8. HIV/AIDS, Loss and the Australian Gay Community
Robert Reynolds and Shirleene Robinson


Chapter 9. The RSL and Post-World War I Returned Soldier Violence in Australia
Martin Crotty

Chapter 10. Service Personnel: Australian Experiences of Interculturality and Violence in British India
Richard Gehrmann

Chapter 11. Race and Ethnicity in Sex Crimes Trials from 1950s Australia
Andy Kaladelfos and Lisa Featherstone

Chapter 12. The Violence of Exclusion: Australia’s Migration Zone Excision and the State of Exception
Farida Fozdar


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