Historical turns in the historiography of Italians in Queensland

Dewhirst, Catherine (2011) Historical turns in the historiography of Italians in Queensland. Spunti e Ricerche, 24 (1). pp. 133-153. ISSN 0816-5432


This article analyses the historiographical record of Italians in Queensland over 150 years, incorporating developments in Western historical thought. It takes a particular criticism about ethnic histories, as they have developed from Australia’s multicultural context, to explore Italian migration experiences in Queensland. This historiography reveals the dominance of Australia’s need to project cultural homogeneity. While historians have been slow in writing more culturally-inclusive histories, new approaches are emerging, challenging outmoded nationalistic guises. However, the historiography of Queensland’s Italians provides an important reminder about awareness of the influences of the wider political landscape and dominant ideological framework on the writing of history.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright policy. Article in special monographic volume of Spunti e Ricerche: 150 years of Italians in Queensland: Spunti e Ricerche, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2009.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2011 04:41
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 04:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: Italians; Queensland; history; historiography
Fields of Research : 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: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19826

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