Journal article

The Ethics of Apology A Set of Commentaries

Nayanika Mookherjee, Nigel Rapport, Lisette Josephides, Ghassan Hage, Lindi Renier Todd, Gillian Cowlishaw

CRITIQUE OF ANTHROPOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

On 13 February 2008, the Australian government apologized to the 'stolen generations': those children of Aboriginal descent who were removed from their parents (usually their Aboriginal mothers) to be raised in white foster-homes and institutions administered by government and Christian churches - a practice that lasted from before the First World War to the early 1970s. This apology was significant, in the words of Rudd, for the 'healing' of the Australian nation. Apologizing for past injustices has become a significant speech act in current times. Why does saying sorry seem to be ubiquitous at the moment? What are the instances of not saying sorry? What are the ethical implications of this..

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