Ethnic and political entanglements of Australia’s Italian migrant press [La stampa degli italiani in Australia e gli intrecci etnici e politic]

Dewhirst, Catherine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5278-0075 (2021) Ethnic and political entanglements of Australia’s Italian migrant press [La stampa degli italiani in Australia e gli intrecci etnici e politic]. In: Voci d'Italia fuori dall'Italia: giornalismo e stampa dell'emigrazione [Voices of Italy beyond Italy: emigration journalism and the press]. Luigi Pellegrini Editore, Cosenza, Italy, pp. 239-260. ISBN 979-12-205-0008-1


Abstract

From modest beginnings in 1885, the Italian press experienced a much smaller presence in Australia historically than that of the more voluminous initiatives from Italian migrant communities around the world. While this can be explained by the comparatively low numbers of Italians making their way to the Antipodes after British colonisation1, Italians nevertheless faced many of the same issues and crises in Australia as elsewhere, which a study of their periodical press reflects. The forces that caused two eras of mass migration, coinciding with colonisation, nation-building processes, imperialism, global catastrophes and, from the 1970s, policies around cultural diversity – in Australia as in other parts of the western world – at times facilitated, but also infringed upon and restricted Italian migrants’ opportunities to establish and maintain community newspapers. Indeed, generally the emergence and folding of the migrant press ebbed and flowed according to assimilation processes and periods of high migration intake. Today, there are 56 known Italian presses in Australia, many short-lived and others directed to a specific audience (such as Italian Catholics or a local suburban readership) and printed in various formats, mainly broadsheets but also magazine, bulletin and online styles. This chapter focuses on the ethnic and political entanglements of Italian migrants by mapping their contributions to their communities and Australia through the Italian periodical press within Australian history.


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Additional Information: The final English version of this chapter was translated into Italian for publication.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2021 04:27
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2021 05:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian history, Italian migrant press, migration, ethnicity, politics
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430323 Transnational history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430319 Migration history
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950504 Understanding Europe's Past
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130799 Understanding past societies not elsewhere classified
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130704 Understanding Europe’s past
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43718

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