Journal article

Citizenship as non-discrimination: Acceptance or assimilationism? Political logic and emotional investment in campaigns for Aboriginal rights in Australia, 1940 to 1970

M Lake

Gender and History | Published : 2001


This article explores the relationship between the United Nations sponsored principle of non-discrimination and the policy of assimilation in the context of campaigns for Aboriginal rights in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. The principle of non-discrimination was important to the elaboration of the goal of an equal citizenship, to the fight against the practice of segregation and as basis for political organisation. The campaign for the 1967 referendum on Aboriginal citizenship was led by an inter-racial, cross-class alliance of women, whose common commitments were, however, shaped by different emotional and historical investments and different logics of pain. Hence, the large 'Yes' vote w..

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