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Rebecca C. King-O'Riain, Stephen Small, Minelle Mahtani, Miri Song, and Paul Spickard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770733

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770733.001.0001

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Antipodean Mixed Race

Antipodean Mixed Race

Australia and New Zealand

(p.119) 6 Antipodean Mixed Race
Global Mixed Race

Farida Fozdar

Maureen Perkins

NYU Press

This chapter considers the construction of mixed-race identities in Australia and New Zealand. The two countries were built around a model of the nation-state as it emerged in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This model implies close links between ethno-racial and political identity, and as such fits uncomfortably within settler societies, which have generally grown through constant migration of people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds. In both nations, most indigenous people of mixed race identify as indigenous while the rest of the mixed population come from such diverse backgrounds that no single identifier would suffice. The closest these nations come to recognizing this racial diversity is through a multiplicity of hyphenations (such as Anglo-Celtic and Vietnamese-Australian), with many citizens identifying with a number of different heritages, which is not dissimilar from the ways mixed-race Canadians tend to identify.

Keywords:   mixed-race identities, nation-state, Europe, racial backgrounds, indigenous people, hyphenations

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