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White women, Aboriginal missions and Australian settler governments: maternal contradictions

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posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Joanna CruickshankJoanna Cruickshank, Patricia Grimshaw
In White Women, Aboriginal Missions and Australian Settler Governments, Joanna Cruickshank and Patricia Grimshaw provide the first detailed study of the central part that white women played in missions to Aboriginal people in Australia. As Aboriginal people experienced violent dispossession through settler invasion, white mission women were positioned as ‘mothers’ who could protect, nurture and ‘civilise’ Aboriginal people. In this position, missionary women found themselves continuously navigating the often-contradictory demands of their own intentions, of Aboriginal expectations and of settler government policies. Through detailed studies that draw on rich archival sources, this book provides a new perspective on the history of missions in Australia and also offers new frameworks for understanding the exercise of power by missionary women in colonial contexts.

History

Series

Studies in Christian mission

Publisher

Koninklijke Brill NV

Place of publication

Leiden, The Netherlands

ISBN-13

9789004397019

ISBN-10

9004397019

Indigenous content

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologise for any distress that may occur.

Language

eng

Publication classification

A1 Books - authored - research

Copyright notice

2019, Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands

Number of chapters

6