Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood

Early Childhood in Postcolonial Australia

Children's Contested Identities

Authors: Srinivasan, P.

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Early Childhood in Postcolonial Australia is a critical narration of how Australian children use cultural markers such as, skin color, diet and religious practices to build their identity categories of "self" and "other."

About the authors

Prasanna Srinivasan is Research Fellow at the Youth Research Centre of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

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"Srinivasan turns to 'Ganga' the river of India as a schizophrenic voice of reason, strength and enlightenment during this cultural identity quest. It is here that she challenges the constant 'race talk' between children, teachers and families. Early childhood teachers struggle with these situations, often choosing to discard the existence of 'race talk', silence the discussion, or justify the intent through multicultural and nationalistic ideologies. This book will help to unlock these conversations giving permission to speak and permission to trouble and engage with the highly stimulating and unique insights." - Tracy Young, Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

"This is a must read book that attempts to depict the post-colonial reality for the Australian who wonders about 'being Australian' and the meaning of it in one's own identity claiming as 'boundary speaks'. Srinivasan makes a useful contribution to the academic literature that sheds light on culture, mono-culture, and multi-culture in a multitude of different discourses to understand the burden of being a migrant as pertinent questions are asked about who determines how and what worth one would have as a player in the nationhood and citizenship." - Ramila Sadikeen, Director, Swinburne Prahran Community Children's Centre Co-op Ltd, Australia


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Who Am I? Who Is My Ganga?

    Srinivasan, Prasanna

    Pages 1-8

  • Ganga: Our Beginnings, Our Context, Our Stories

    Srinivasan, Prasanna

    Pages 9-21

  • Boundaries Speak: othering, Othering, øthering Australian / Not Australian

    Srinivasan, Prasanna

    Pages 23-54

  • Complex(ion) Speak: I Am White, I Am Australian. Pookey Is Black, She Is Not Australian

    Srinivasan, Prasanna

    Pages 55-74

  • Forbidden Fs Speak: You Know What Australians Think If You Say You Are a Muslim

    Srinivasan, Prasanna

    Pages 75-100

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $100.00
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Softcover $90.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-48321-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Early Childhood in Postcolonial Australia
Book Subtitle
Children's Contested Identities
Authors
Series Title
Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44035-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137440358
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39217-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48321-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 186
Topics