Carey, Jane & Claire McLisky, ed.: Creating White Australia

Jane Carey & Claire McLisky, ed.

Creating White Australia: New Perspectives on Race, Whiteness and History, Sydney University Press, Sydney, 2009

Articles by Leigh Boucher, Jane Carey, Ann Curthoys and others ‘dealing with the question of whiteness in Australian history as their central theme’. The chapters address Australia in an international context, Aboriginal history, race in theatre and writing and whiteness and gender. They ‘invite readers to revisit and reimagine familiar histories through the lens of whiteness studies. The book raises many more questions than it resolves and, at times, demonstrates the difficulty of keeping focused on whiteness and resisting the habit of attributing “race” to people who are not white.’ (review by Tikka Wilson)

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