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Rev. of Sarah Madison, Beyond White Guilt, by Greg Lehman (Sarah Maddison. Beyond White Guilt: the real challenge for Black-White relations in Australia. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2011)
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-22, 01:26 authored by Greg Lehman
Australia’s symbolic head of state, the Governor-General, is appointed by what many in Australia consider to be a ‘foreign power’ – the English Crown. The current sovereign of Australia, to use her correct title, is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth. This relationship symbolises better than any other, the tangible reality of Australia’s enduring relationship with its past. While conservative scholars, media commentators and leaders of industry continue to urge Australians to look to the future, rather than the past for cultural and economic inspiration of what is possible in the ‘Lucky Country’, even the most optimistic gaze continues to be obscured by the legacies of British Dominion. Sarah Maddison, Associate Professor in School of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of New South Wales, confronts this problem in her new book Beyond White Guilt. She refers to is as Australia’s ‘long colonial shadow’.
Publication titleThe Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia (JEASA)
PublisherUniversitat de Barcelona * Facultat de Filologia
Place of publicationSpain