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The Changing Politics of Miscegenation

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Rolls, M (2005) The Changing Politics of Miscegenation. Aboriginal History, 29. pp. 64-76. ISSN 0314-8769

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Abstract

In Tasmania’s Mercury newspaper Henry Reynolds raised the contentious issue of identity in respect to Tasmanian Aboriginal people of mixed heritage. Such people, Reynolds stated, might better be described as Creole. This paper firstly canvasses why it is that notions of hybridity are anathema to many Aborigines, then proceeds to discuss how the elision of white heritage and identity invoke some of the same contested ideologies underpinning the assimilation policy. The paper continues by examining the issue of identity in the context of the language used to describe the British usurpation of Australia and subsequent black-white relations. Finally, the paper examines the impact that the Aboriginal presence has had and is having on the psyche of settler-Australians, and suggests a reason why it is that many settler-Australians in mixed Aboriginal-non-Aboriginal partnerships appear comfortable with, or at least do not resist, having their offspring elide one heritage and identity (white) for the sake of another (Aboriginal).

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Aboriginal History
Page Range: pp. 64-76
ISSN: 0314-8769
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2007 05:25
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:23
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/2236
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