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Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies

Political Memories and Migration

Belonging, Society, and Australia Day

Authors: Kleist, J. Olaf

  • Makes a conceptual and empirical contribution to both memory and migration studies 
  • First in-depth analysis of how political memories inform and are formed by the politics of migration in Australia 
  • Propose a novel approach to thinking about memories as political categories with relevance for the construction of social relations 
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This book explores the relationship between political memories of migration and the politics of migration, following over two hundred years of commemorating Australia Day. References to Europeans’ original migration to the continent have been engaged in social and political conflicts to define who should belong to Australian society, who should gain access, and based on what criteria. These political memories were instrumental in negotiating inherent conflicts in the formation of the Australian Commonwealth from settler colonies to an immigrant society. By the second half of the twentieth century, the Commonwealth employed Australia Day commemorations specifically to incorporate new arrivals, promoting at first citizenship and, later on, multiculturalism. The commemoration has been contested throughout its history based on two distinct forms of political memories providing conflicting modes of civic and communal belonging to Australian politics and policies of migration. Introducing the concept of Political Memories, this book offers a novel understanding of the social and political role of memories, not only in regard to migration. 

About the authors

J. Olaf Kleist is a Researcher at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, University of Osnabrück, Germany. 

Reviews

“What makes memories political, and what does politics do to memory?  In this important book, Olaf Kleist develops the concept of political memory to understand the role of memory in migration, and vice versa.  This is an enormously sophisticated work of both high theory and close empirical analysis, and makes an outstanding contribution to the growing field of memory studies, with implications far beyond the issue (migration) and case (Australia) it examines.” (Professor Jeffrey Olick, University of Virginia)

“In this book Olaf Kleist has produced a tour de force for migration historians and theorists of memory alike. He brings a fresh German perspective to the key debates about remembrance, migration and belonging in Australia by exploring the history of Australia Day commemoration from a political science perspective. By using a concept called ‘political memory’ he not only explores the inherently political nature of remembering but also the way memories have impact in various political arenas across time, such as government policies and practice, and how these in turn influence memory work in the present.  In doing so he makes a vital contribution to the contemporary concerns about how we imagine ‘belonging’ in the increasingly culturally diverse societies of the world in the twenty-first century.” (Professor Paula Hamilton, UTS Sydney)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Memories and Migration: Politics of Belonging

    Olaf Kleist, J.

    Pages 1-39

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  • Australia Day from Colony to Citizenship: 1788–1948

    Olaf Kleist, J.

    Pages 41-101

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  • Australia Day from Citizenship to Multiculturalism: 1948–1988

    Olaf Kleist, J.

    Pages 103-189

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  • Pasts and Politics: Beyond the Boundaries of Belonging

    Olaf Kleist, J.

    Pages 191-211

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Buy this book

eBook 76,99 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57589-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57588-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Memories and Migration
Book Subtitle
Belonging, Society, and Australia Day
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57589-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57589-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57588-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 222
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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