Examined suspiciously

Alfred Deakin, Eleanor Cameron and Australian liberal discourse in the 1911 Referendum

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Abstract

This article explores the experience of two individuals, Alfred Deakin, leader of the Opposition, and Eleanor Cameron, the organising secretary of the Australian Women’s National League ,who represented and led the self-governing constituency of Australian liberalism during the campaign against Labor’s April 1911 referendum proposals to increase Commonwealth control over corporations, trade and industrial relations. Foucault’s concept of liberal governmentality is employed to interrogate the tensions imposed on the liberal individual and the contradictions of liberalism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88.1-88.20
Number of pages20
JournalHistory Australia : journal of the Australian Historical Association
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • liberal governmentality
  • liberalism
  • Australian history
  • Alfred Deakin
  • referendum
  • narrative theory

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