Since British colonisation in 1788, those wishing to immigrate to Australia have been the subject of intense photographic and scholarly scrutiny. In the most recent history of immigration and refugee policy, two moments warrant further critical attention: 2001, the year of the Tampa incident, the Children Overboard affair, and the Pacific Solution; and 2013, when the Abbott government introduced increased and ongoing border production measures through Operation Sovereign Borders. The present chapter contextualizes this history by drawing upon two long-standing scholarly debates. One concerns the constitution of a sense of Australian identity and being, itself an interdisciplinary exchange about whiteness, heritage, and cultural diversity. The other examines the social impact of photographs of distant suffering, their power to create feelings of empathy, and their role in humanitarianism and human rights.
|Title of host publication||Photography and Migration|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon,UK|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Print)||9781138244399, 9781138244405|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|