From contestation to autonomy: The staging and framing of anti-Hanson contention

Sean Scalmer*

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The rise of Hansonism provoked a campaign of demonstrations, rallies, marches and walkouts. This movement was frequently received within the media as violent, disruptive, and illiberal. However, I argue that anti-Hanson contention represented a noteworthy form of active citizenship. It contested the presence of the One Nation Party, undermined the ideological claim that Hanson represented 'ordinary' Australians, and garnered substantial publicity. The anti-Hanson campaign was concerned not only with the staging of dissent in public space, but with how that dissent was framed within the public sphere. Reflecting these public dynamics, the Anti-Hanson movement moved over time from a reliance on contestational gatherings, that directly opposed the One Nation Party in physical space to autonomous gatherings, that attempted to create separate spaces of anti-racist politics. Ultimately therefore, the campaign can be understood as a flexible, democratic and self-reflective form of political mobilisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-224
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001


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