Book review. Made to matter: White fathers, stolen generations

Devlin-Glass, Frances 2014, Book review. Made to matter: White fathers, stolen generations, Australasian journal of Irish studies, vol. 14, pp. 152-155.

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Title Book review. Made to matter: White fathers, stolen generations
Author(s) Devlin-Glass, Frances
Journal name Australasian journal of Irish studies
Volume number 14
Start page 152
End page 155
Total pages 4
Publisher Murdoch University
Place of publication Murdoch, W.A.
Publication date 2014-12
ISSN 1837-1094
Summary The topic of white fathers of Aboriginal children has been a long time coming into focus. Aboriginal mothers and children and their loss by being taken into white custody—these matters have been thoroughly, often heart-rendingly explored in artefacts and documentaries in a variety of genres. The white male progenitors have been much less visible except as occasions of scandal. An Aboriginal child without a known father made the child very vulnerable and, conveniently (from an administrative point of view), able to be drawn into the white ‘care’ system where the state became by proxy the stern father in a process that obliterated Aboriginal kinship claims. Probyn-Rapsey notes perspicaciously that although they are often written about (by Aboriginal relatives, biographers, scholars, government officials, Protectors, white women activists, parliamentarians), the fathers of the children rarely speak in their own voices on the subject of their paternity of mixed race children. This study examines the next best thing: textual traces of them in reports, letters, diaries, novels and especially Aboriginal memoirs.
Language eng
Field of Research 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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