Aboriginal Workers: a 1995 special issue of Labour History revisited in 2020

Publication announcement

Liverpool University Press would like to inform you about a new publication in the area of Political History and Post-Colonial Studies. 

Aboriginal Workers: a 1995 special issue of Labour History revisited in 2020. With work from Indigenous scholars and activists.

With the recent focus on Aboriginal rights in the Australian media, the history of Aboriginal workers is of great relevance in this moment. A reissue of the 1995 Labour History special issue on Aboriginal Workers brings back to the fore the work of Indigenous scholars and activists.

With a new introduction for 2020 written by the editors of the original issue, reflecting on both the current Black Lives Matter protests as well as the initial intentions for the issue back in 1995.

Articles include:

WORKING FOR THE WHITE PEOPLE: AN HISTORIOGRAPHIC ESSAY ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER LABOUR
ANN CURTHOYS | CLIVE MOORE

‘WE COULDN’T TOLERATE ANY MORE’: THE PALM ISLAND STRIKE OF 1957
JOANNE WATSON

ENDURING MOMENTS OF ABORIGINAL DOMINANCE: ABORIGINAL PERFORMERS, BOXERS AND RUNNERS
RICHARD BROOME

Browse the full issue online >

Read an interview with Ann McGrath, Kay Saunders, and Jackie Huggins, the editors of the original issue, as they explain why it remains so relevant today and why now was the right time to bring it back in to focus, over on the LUP Blog.

"The reason for republishing and relaunching this book 25 years after its publication is because this collection enhances our understanding of the history of slavery. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has drawn international attention to the long and shameful history of slavery. However, this is generally seen as an institution primarily affecting people of African descent. For Indigenous Australians, the BLM movement resonates powerfully with them today, for high numbers of their own people continue to die in police custody or prisons. They also share a history of labour exploitation and oppression, plus racism on the basis of their skin colour."
Ann McGrath, Kay Saunders, and Jackie Huggins.

Labour History: a Journal of Labour and Social History is published on behalf of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History.

Posted: 
02/12/2020