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Indifferent Inclusion

Aboriginal people and the Australian Nation

Indifferent Inclusion by Russell McGregor
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Russell McGregor is one of the foremost scholars in the field of Aboriginal history. The very title of the book breaks new ground because of the questions implicit in its approach…his perspective is genuinely fresh and insightful. Historian Mark McKenna McGregor offers a holistic interpretation of the complex relationship between Indigenous and settler Australians during the middle four decades of the twentieth century. Combining the perspectives of political, social and cultural history in a coherent narrative, he provides a cogent analysis of how the relationship changed, and the impediments to change. McGregor’s focus is on the quest for Aboriginal inclusion in the Australia nation; a task which dominated the Aboriginal agenda at the time. McGregor challenges existing scholarship and assumptions, particularly around assimilation. In doing so he provides an understanding of why assimilation once held the approval of many reformers, including Indigenous activists. He reveals that the inclusion of Aboriginal people in the Australian nation was not a function of political lobbying and parliamentary decision making. Rather, it depended at least as much on Aboriginal people’s public profile, and the way their demonstrated abilities partially wore down the apathy and indifference of settler Australians. Russell McGregor is Associate Professor of History at James Cook University in Townsville. He has published extensively on the history of settler Australian attitudes toward Aboriginal people, including the award-winning book Imagined Destinies. His other research interests are in Australian nationalism and environmental history
Aboriginal Studies Press; September 2011
ISBN 9780855757854
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Title: Indifferent Inclusion
Author: Russell McGregor
 
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Contents Illustrations vii Acknowledgments viii Preface xi Notes on Terminology xiv Abbreviations and Acronyms xv Prologue: The Crimson Thread of Whiteness xvii Chapter 1 Preserving the National Complexion 1 Managing miscegenation 2 Hiding heredi