The child as mediator of racial ambivalence in Australia: 'Egg Boy' and the racist girl

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Abstract

In white settler-colonial Australian imagination, ‘the child’ historically has both signalled the colony’s flourishing and is charged with anxiety about belonging and identity. This article analyses a set of events in which children were the occasion through which Australians managed racial violence and/or publicly distanced the mainstream from endemic racism. Differences between the mediating power of ‘white’ childhood versus Indigenous childhood are analysed, with a view to exploring how children are either problematized or positioned as figures of redemption, through processes of racialization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-694
Number of pages26
JournalCultural Studies
Volume37
Issue number4
Early online date11 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Childhood
  • racialization
  • racism
  • settler-colonialism
  • whiteness

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