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Mixed Race Identities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

1st Edition

Edited by Farida Fozdar, Kirsten McGavin


246 pages

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This volume offers a "southern," Pacific Ocean perspective on the topic of racial hybridity, exploring it through a series of case studies from around the Australo-Pacific region, a region unique as a result of its very particular colonial histories. Focusing on the interaction between "race" and culture, especially in terms of visibility and self-defined identity; and the particular characteristics of political, cultural and social formations in the countries of this region, the book explores the complexity of the lived mixed race experience, the structural forces of particular colonial and post-colonial environments and political regimes, and historical influences on contemporary identities and cultural expressions of mixed-ness.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Mixed Race" in the Australo-Pacific Region

[Kirsten McGavin and Farida Fozdar]

1. Descentism in Three Acts

[Emma Kowal]

2. Reimagining Ancestry in Northern Australia’s Gulf Country: The Politics of History, Indigeneity and Race

[David Trigger and Richard Martin]

3. Raising "Mixed Race" Asian/European Migrant Children in Australia

[Maki Meyer and Farida Fozdar]

4. "See This Skin, It Is Black and White Together"

[Margot Ford and Ailsa Purdon]

5. Asian (Con)Fusion: Identity Markers Among Mixed-Asian "Race" Individuals in Perth, Western Australia

[Crystal Abidin]

6. Who Are We?German-Tongan Identity in New Zealand and Australia

[Kasia Cook]

7. Constructing and Interpreting "Mixed Race" and "Mixed Parentage" in Papua New Guinea

[Helen Johnson and Kirsten McGavin]

8. Papua New Guinean-Australian Hybridity: Reflections of an "Insider"

[Anita Iko Togolo]

9. The Transformations of the "Métis Question" in New Caledonia (1853-2009)

[Adrian Muckle and Benoit Trepied]

10. A Categorical Failure: "Mixed Race" in Colonial Papua New Guinea

[Michael Goddard]

11. Searching for a Sound: Music and "Mixed Race" Identity in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

[Michael Webb]

12. Lingering Legacies of German Colonialism: The "Mixed Race" Diasporas in Oceania

[Christine Winter]

13. "Mixed Race" Identity and West Papuan Political Activism: Two Case Studies

[Camellia Webb-Gannon]

14. "It’s a Bicultural Nation. But the Journey Towards True Biculturalism, It’s Not There Yet": Exploring Fathers’ Involvement in Bringing Up Their Mixed Race Children in New Zealand

[Rosalind Edwards]

15. When "Mixed Race" Is No Longer "Mixed": A Case from Aotearoa/New Zealand

[Neriko Musha Doerr]

About the Editors

Farida Fozdar is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia.

Kirsten McGavin is Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Anthropology) in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Anthropology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography