Gender blind? Australian immigration policy and practice, 1901-1930

Langfield, Michele 2003, Gender blind? Australian immigration policy and practice, 1901-1930, Journal of Australian studies (JAS) : Australia's public intellectual forum, no. 79, pp. 143-152.

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Title Gender blind? Australian immigration policy and practice, 1901-1930
Author(s) Langfield, Michele
Journal name Journal of Australian studies (JAS) : Australia's public intellectual forum
Issue number 79
Start page 143
End page 152
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication North Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1444-3058
Keyword(s) social history
public administration
sex discrimination
social policy
Summary This paper seeks to explore the nature of Australian immigration policies and practices, particularly their impact on women, from federation in 1901 to the cessation of large-scale assisted immigration to Australia brought about by the 1930s depression. The characteristics that influenced and affected female immigrants may have differentiated their experiences from those of male immigrants in the same period. Differential treatment of men and women has often been an unstated given in the formulation and implementation of immigration policies. It was as common to non-government organisations (of which there were, and still are, a great many associated with immigration and settlement), as to governments, both federal and state. Several inequities can be identified in the making and implementation of immigration and settlement policies, and in the access to government grants, concessions and services, not only in terms of race, ethnicity, class or occupation (which is well trodden ground in this field) but also in terms of gender.[1] Such differentiation is part of the broader framework of changing conceptions about the place and roles of women in Australian society and their expected contribution to the nation, but it has remained largely unexplicated in this period and field.
Language eng
Field of Research 160303 Migration
210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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