Australia’s Enlightened Paradox: European Universalism and the Case for Cultural Difference
Baden Offord, Erika Kerruish, Rob Garbutt, Adele Wessell and Kirsten Pavlovic, Inside Australian Culture. Legacies of Enlightenment Values, with a Foreword by Ashis Nandy and an Afterword by Vinay Lay, London & New York: Anthem, 2014.
Cornelis Martin Renes
University of Barcelona
Inside Australian Culture. Legacies of Enlightenment Values is a cultural critique of contemporary Australia’s state of decolonisation from a mixed insider-outsider perspective which embeds Australian scholarship within Indo-Asian ‘Southern Theory’. It lays out an analytical framework that allows us to understand how Europe’s Enlightenment heritage informs and perpetuates a racial status quo which has not substantially altered in the more than 200 years of white settlement of the continent and backs this perception up with three case studies centring on power asymmetries and ethnic belonging; the NSW bill to regulate Chinese immigration (1858), the Cubillo v. the Commonwealth case (2000), and the Cronulla Riot (2005).
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