Whether in the form of warfare, dispossession, forced migration, or social prejudice, Australia's sense of nationhood was born from-and continues to be defined by-experiences of violence. Legacies of Violence probes this brutal legacy through case studies that range from the colonial frontier to modern domestic spaces, exploring themes of empathy, isolation, and Australians' imagined place in the world. Moving beyond the primacy that is typically accorded white accounts of violence, contributors place particular emphasis on the experiences of those perceived to be on the social periphery, repositioning them at the center of Australia's relationship to global events and debates.
Robert Mason is a lecturer at Griffith University, Queensland. He is editor of several collections, including Cultures in Refuge: Seeking Sanctuary in Modern Australia (2012 with Anna Hayes) and Migration and Insecurity: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era (2013 with Niklaus Steiner and Anna Hayes). His research focuses on emotion and the legacies of violence in both migration and heritage.
Introduction: Rendering the Legacies of the Past Robert Mason Chapter 1. The Politics of State-Sanctioned Violence in Australia: Racialized Constructions of Nation Linda Briskman PART I: HIDDEN VIOLENCE Chapter 2. Uncovering the Shameful: Sexual Violence on an Australian Colonial Frontier Libby Connors Chapter 3. Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Identities in the Workplaces of Northern Australia Robert Mason Chapter 4. The Family Trust: On Assimilation, Migration and Concealing Ambivalent Identities Ruth Longdin Chapter 5. Legacies of the Uyghur Homeland and Uyghur-Australians Anna Hayes PART II: INTIMATE VIOLENCE Chapter 6. The Greek Civil War, Child Removal and Traumatic Pasts in Australia Joy Damousi Chapter 7. From Hell to Hope: Postwar Jewish Holocaust Survivor Migration Suzanne Rutland Chapter 8. HIV/AIDS, Loss and the Australian Gay Community Robert Reynolds and Shirleene Robinson PART III: SANCTIONED VIOLENCE Chapter 9. The RSL and Post-World War I Returned Soldier Violence in Australia Martin Crotty Chapter 10. Service Personnel: Australian Experiences of Interculturality and Violence in British India Richard Gehrmann Chapter 11. Race and Ethnicity in Sex Crimes Trials from 1950s Australia Andy Kaladelfos and Lisa Featherstone Chapter 12. The Violence of Exclusion: Australia's Migration Zone Excision and the State of Exception Farida Fozdar Bibliography Index