Reconciliation between Aboriginal and other Australians : the "Stolen Generations"

Bretherton, Di and Mellor, David 2006, Reconciliation between Aboriginal and other Australians : the "Stolen Generations", Journal of social issues, vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 81-98, doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2006.00440.x.

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Title Reconciliation between Aboriginal and other Australians : the "Stolen Generations"
Author(s) Bretherton, Di
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Journal name Journal of social issues
Volume number 62
Issue number 1
Start page 81
End page 98
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2006-03
ISSN 0022-4537
Summary The current study presents an overview and content analysis of the "Stolen Generations" inquiry as an example of how structural violence, grounded in the geohistorical context of the invasion of Australia by Europeans, plays itself out in the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. The inquiry, based on testimony received from 777 people and organizations, documented the impact of the government policy, from 1910 to 1970, of removing Aboriginal children of mixed heritage from their families. The consequences of these forced separations are examined and the implications of the inquiry are considered. We critically reflect on the role psychology has played in the past, and suggest roles for peace psychology, particularly in view of theoretical questions related to reconciliation processes.
Notes Published Online: 14 Feb 2006
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2006.00440.x
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Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
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