The uncanny child of Australian nationhood

nostalgia as a critical tool in conceptualising social change

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Abstract

Nostalgic, socially privileged ideals of childhood have actively contributed to the formation of Australian national identity, as well as modern subject-formations more broadly. This paper argues that, while such nostalgia has been drawn on for normative ends—in the service of the management of the modern individual—nostalgia also has the power to disrupt our conceptions of the normal. In the context of the contemporary “crisis” of childhood particularly, opportunities to reconstitute ideals of “childhood” and “family” differently have become available to communities such as Aboriginal Australians, who previously have been denied access to these nostalgic forms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-148
Number of pages24
JournalSymposium
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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