Representing Aboriginal childhood: the politics of memory and forgetting in Australia

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This book critically investigates the ways in which Aboriginal children and childhood figure in Australia’s cultural life, to mediate Australians’ ambivalence about the colonial origins of the nation, as well as its possible post-colonial futures. Engaging with representations in literature, film, governmental discourse, and news and infotainment media, it shows how ways of representing Aboriginal children and childhood serve a national project of representing settler-Australian values, through the forgetting of colonial violence. Analysing the ways in which certain negative aspects of Australian nationhood are concealed, rendered invisible, and repressed through practices of representing Aboriginal children and childhood, it challenges accepted ‘shared understandings’ regarding Australian-ness and settler-colonial sovereignty.

Through an innovative interdisciplinary approach that engages critical theory, post-colonial theory, literary studies, history, psychoanalysis, and philosophy, Representing Aboriginal Childhood responds to urgent questions that pivot on the role of the Indigenous child within settler nation-state formations. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and social geography, collective memory, politics and cultural studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages239
ISBN (Electronic)9781000842982, 9781003099666
ISBN (Print)9780367568535, 9780367568542
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameThe Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture


  • childhood
  • settler colonial studies
  • Cultural studies (Australia)
  • Australian film
  • Australian literature
  • Stolen Generations


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