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‘Are There any Poor People Here?’: Immigrants, Aborigines, and Multicultural Perceptions


Rolls, M, Are There any Poor People Here?': Immigrants, Aborigines, and Multicultural Perceptions, The Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia, 5, (1) pp. 36-44. ISSN 2013-6897 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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This overview paper highlights the urgent need for research in an area of national significance. The often disputatious debate vis-à-vis the history and legacy of contact and conflict between colonists, settlers and Aborigines is for the most part framed in ways that serve to exclude a significant proportion of Australian’s post World War II non-Anglo immigrant population. Terms characteristic of the debate—such as black/white, coloniser/colonised, Anglo/Aborigine, invader/invaded—are not inclusive of more recent immigrants, who for a range of disparate reasons fall outside the delimiters of these terms. Addressing Aboriginal disadvantage, achieving proposed constitutional reform, and establishing the foundations upon which mutual understandings and empathy can be built necessitates a more inclusive approach and language than that taken to date. In order to progress beyond the bluff binaries and stagnation of the dominant discourse, a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between all cross sections of the immigrant population and Aboriginal affairs is required. This paper sketches this need.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Ethnic Minorities, Aborigines, Postcolonialism
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Rolls, M (Dr Mitchell Rolls)
ID Code:98854
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-03-05
Last Modified:2015-05-13
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