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The good white nation once more made good? Apology for atrocities to the stolen generations

Bielefeld, Brooke (Shelley)

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This article explores the issue of apology to the Stolen Generations by the federal government in light of the mythology of Australia as the 'good white nation'. Drawing upon elements of critical legal theory and critical whiteness studies I argue that the mythology of the good white nation, which has always been central to Australia's national identity, remains ingrained in the recent federal government apology. I contend that the perception of Australia as the good white nation continues in...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBielefeld, Brooke (Shelley)
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-14T23:21:23Z
dc.identifier.issn1329-3737
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/103882
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the issue of apology to the Stolen Generations by the federal government in light of the mythology of Australia as the 'good white nation'. Drawing upon elements of critical legal theory and critical whiteness studies I argue that the mythology of the good white nation, which has always been central to Australia's national identity, remains ingrained in the recent federal government apology. I contend that the perception of Australia as the good white nation continues in the apology - despite the acknowledgement of some of the grave injustices suffered by Indigenous Australians at the hands of colonial forces. It does this by suggesting that whatever the nation once was in terms of regularly engaging in colonial atrocities - the 'stain' on the national soul has now been removed through the apology - thus the nation has been made good once more, 'unstained' as it were by its troublesome colonial history.
dc.publisherSouthern Cross University
dc.sourceSouthern Cross University Law Review
dc.titleThe good white nation once more made good? Apology for atrocities to the stolen generations
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume13
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor160501 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
local.identifier.absfor180119 - Law and Society
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4860843xPUB263
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBielefeld, Brooke (Shelley), College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage87
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage107
dc.date.updated2016-06-14T09:08:58Z
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