Irish women, Aboriginal people, and the law in colonial Australia: race, power and the struggle for inclusion

McClaughlin, Trevor and Connors, Libby (2004) Irish women, Aboriginal people, and the law in colonial Australia: race, power and the struggle for inclusion. In: 12th Irish Australian Conference: From Youghal Harbour to Moreton Bay: Remembered Nations, Imagined Republics, 19-22 Jun 2002, Galway, Ireland.

Abstract

This essay describes a research project under way that will provide a social history of the law based on the experiences and interaction of indigenous Australians and Irish women with the law in nineteenth-century Australia. There are a number of reasons for choosing these two groups. The colonial state and society often saw them as 'problems'. Irish women and Aboriginal people were 'present' throughout the sholewhole of the colonial period and therefore represent 'constraints' in the Australian colonial experience. They also provide raw material for some interesting comparisons and contrasts in the way the law worked both as an agency of repression and as an instrument of protection for the powerless. Equally, they can provide insights into the complexities of colonialism in a settler society, the ways in which minorities and individuals were able to use the law to protect themselves, and how those in authority regularly reinvented racial and ethnic stereotypes.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2008 05:23
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2013 02:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: Irish; women; aboriginals; law; colonial Australia; race; power; inclusion
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2581

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