The Psychodynamics of Australian Settler–Nationalism: Assimilating or Reconciling With the Aborigines?
Article first published online: 17 FEB 2003
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 667–701, December 2002
How to Cite
Moran, A. (2002), The Psychodynamics of Australian Settler–Nationalism: Assimilating or Reconciling With the Aborigines?. Political Psychology, 23: 667–701. doi: 10.1111/0162-895X.00303
- Issue published online: 17 FEB 2003
- Article first published online: 17 FEB 2003
- Cited By
- Australian Aborigines;
- object relations theory;
Settler–nationalism is a form of nationalism that must face specific cultural dilemmas as a result of the dispossession of indigenous peoples. Since the Second World War, Australia has attempted to come to terms with its past of dispossession and to find ways to incorporate Aborigines within national imaginings, and within the nation itself. This paper argues that there are two modes of settler–nationalism—termed assimilationist and indigenizing—that compete to organize the national reality, including relations between the settler and indigenous populations. Kleinian object relations theory is drawn upon to delineate the emotional structures of the two modes of nationalism. Implications for indigenous rights, in particular for Aboriginal land rights, are examined.