Journal article

The Limits of the Administration of Memory in Settler Colonial Societies: the Australian Case

Sarah Maddison

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLITICS CULTURE AND SOCIETY | SPRINGER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Settler colonial societies provide particular challenges for the instantiation of memory policy since the settler-colonial project was driven by a logic requiring the ‘elimination’ of Indigenous peoples and their time. This very fact challenges the legitimacy of the colonial mission for a better way of life and feeds the tensions at the very core of memory policies in these societies in coming to terms with the past. Focusing on contemporary Australia, this article first examines the challenges inherent to memory policy in settler colonial societies before reviewing three attempts at administering memory for future coexistence. This approach highlights the way public policies of memory can r..

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