Repositioning resistance: Basque separatism, religion and cultural security in regional Queensland, 1945-1970

Mason, Robert (2013) Repositioning resistance: Basque separatism, religion and cultural security in regional Queensland, 1945-1970. Queensland Review, 20 (1). pp. 37-51. ISSN 1321-8166

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This article investigates expressions of ethnic difference amongst the Basque community of north Queensland. Large numbers of Basques migrated to north Queensland during the 1920s and 1930s, and remained in contact with family members in the Provinces themselves. Few Australian Basques were present during the bombing of Guernica in 1937, but all were aware of the event and believed it proved the perfidy of Nationalist Spain. The highly symbolic nature of the violence wrought at Guernica exposed Australia's Basques to a form of cultural trauma, and emphasised their difference from Castilian Spaniards. Within Queensland, the trauma was experienced as a distancing from Spanish identities and an attempt to accrue a whiteness that could be recognised and validated by local Anglophone communities.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Cambridge University Press. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2014 11:58
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2015 02:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: immigration; North Queensland history; Spanish minorities; Basqu separatists
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/qre.2013.4

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