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Broken circles : fragmenting indigenous families 1800-2000 / Anna Haebich
Bib ID 2141650
Format BookBook
Author
Haebich, Anna
 
Description Fremantle, W.A. : Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2000 
725 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 1863683054
Summary

Broken Circles is the story of Australia's Stolen Generations. It is a major work, revealing the dark heart of the shared history of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Aboriginal child removal emerges as an essential part the processes of dispossession, depopulation and destruction of Aboriginal societies and cultures that began with colonisation and continue to affect Aboriginal communities to this day. Anna Haebich provides a comprehensive and accessible national overview of events from the earliest abductions of Aboriginal children by colonists, to the systematic removal and institutionalisation of the first half of the twentieth century and the treatment of children and their families under the assimilation policies of the fifties and sixties. She also tells of the struggles and achievements of Aboriginal people to return control over the children to their families.

Full contents
  • Introduction: Remembering back through the heart
  • 1. A boy's short life (written with Steve Mickler)
  • 2. Experiments in civilising
  • 3. Of citizens and outcasts
  • 4. Special treatment Western Australian style
  • 5. Fighting over the children
  • 6. Brooms, spades and Bibles
  • 7. Visions of assimilation
  • 8. Making nuclear families
  • 9. A twilight of knowing.
 
Notes

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 673-692.

Subjects Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Government policy.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Removal -- Government policy.  |  Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of -- History.

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