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The making of White Australia: Ruling class agendas, 1876-1888

Griffiths, Philip Gavin

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This thesis argues that the colonial ruling class developed its first White Australia policy in 1888, creating most of the precedents for the federal legislation of 1901. White Australia was central to the making of the Australian working class, to the shaping of Australian nationalism, and the development of federal political institutions. It has long been understood as a product of labour movement mobilising, but this thesis rejects that approach, arguing that the labour movement lacked the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGriffiths, Philip Gavin
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-16T06:57:39Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-04T02:38:41Z
dc.date.available2008-06-16T06:57:39Z
dc.date.available2011-01-04T02:38:41Z
dc.identifier.otherb23497580
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/47107
dc.description.abstractThis thesis argues that the colonial ruling class developed its first White Australia policy in 1888, creating most of the precedents for the federal legislation of 1901. White Australia was central to the making of the Australian working class, to the shaping of Australian nationalism, and the development of federal political institutions. It has long been understood as a product of labour movement mobilising, but this thesis rejects that approach, arguing that the labour movement lacked the power to impose such a fundamental national policy, and that the key decisions which led to White Australia were demonstrably not products of labour movement action. ¶ It finds three great ruling class agendas behind the decisions to exclude Chinese immigrants, and severely limit the use of indentured “coloured labour”. ...
dc.language.isoen
dc.rights.uriThe Australian National University
dc.subjectWhite Australia Policy
dc.subjectracism
dc.subjectAustralia
dc.subjectMarxism
dc.subjectcolonial
dc.subjectsettler state
dc.subjectParkes
dc.subjectGriffith
dc.subjectMcIlwraith
dc.subjectChinese
dc.subjectimmigration
dc.subjectslavery
dc.subjectunfree labour
dc.subjectPacific Islanders
dc.subjectKanakas
dc.subjectcoolies
dc.subjectindentured labour
dc.subjectconservative
dc.subjectliberal
dc.subjectQueensland
dc.subjectNew South Wales
dc.subjectNSW
dc.subjectSouth Australia
dc.subjectimperialism
dc.titleThe making of White Australia: Ruling class agendas, 1876-1888
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
dcterms.valid2007
local.description.refereedyes
local.type.degreeDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.date.issued2006
local.contributor.affiliationSchool of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science
local.contributor.affiliationThe Australian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d7a29f9601f1
local.mintdoimint
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