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

journal contribution
posted on 01.03.2006, 00:00 authored by D Bretherton, David MellorDavid Mellor
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.

History

Journal

Journal of social issues

Volume

62

Issue

1

Pagination

81 - 98

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

0022-4537

Indigenous content

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Language

eng

Notes

Published Online: 14 Feb 2006

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues