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Rethinking settler colonialism: History and memory in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand and South Africa

Rethinking settler colonialism: History and memory in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand and South Africa

ISBN 9780719071690
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Publisher Manchester University Press
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Rethinking settler colonialism focuses on the long history of contact between indigenous peoples and the white colonial communities who settled in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. It interrogates how histories of colonial settlement have been mythologised, narrated and embodied in public culture in the twentieth century (through monuments, exhibitions and images) and charts some of the vociferous challenges to such histories that have emerged over recent years.Despite a shared familiarity with cultural and political institutions, practices and policies amongst the white settler communities, the distinctiveness which marked these constituencies as variously, ‘Australian', ‘South Africa', ‘Canadian' or ‘New Zealand' was fundamentally contingent upon their relationship to, and with the various indigenous communities they encountered. In each of these countries these communities were displaced, marginalised and often subjected to attempted genocide through the colonial process. Recently these groups have renewed their claims for greater political representation and autonomy. The essays and artwork this book insist that an understanding of the political and cultural institutions and practices which shaped settler colonial societies in the past can provide important insights into how this legacy of unequal rights can be contested in the present.
Overview
Rethinking settler colonialism focuses on the long history of contact between indigenous peoples and the white colonial communities who settled in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. It interrogates how histories of colonial settlement have been mythologised, narrated and embodied in public culture in the twentieth century (through monuments, exhibitions and images) and charts some of the vociferous challenges to such histories that have emerged over recent years.Despite a shared familiarity with cultural and political institutions, practices and policies amongst the white settler communities, the distinctiveness which marked these constituencies as variously, ‘Australian', ‘South Africa', ‘Canadian' or ‘New Zealand' was fundamentally contingent upon their relationship to, and with the various indigenous communities they encountered. In each of these countries these communities were displaced, marginalised and often subjected to attempted genocide through the colonial process. Recently these groups have renewed their claims for greater political representation and autonomy. The essays and artwork this book insist that an understanding of the political and cultural institutions and practices which shaped settler colonial societies in the past can provide important insights into how this legacy of unequal rights can be contested in the present.
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