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The Australian People

The Australian People
An Encyclopedia of the Nation, its People and their Origins

2nd Edition


  • Editor: James Jupp, Australian National University, Canberra
approximately 250 contributors
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  • Date Published: December 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521807890

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  • Australia is one of the most ethnically diverse societies in the world today. From its ancient indigenous origins to British colonisation followed by waves of European then international migration in the twentieth century, the island continent is home to people from all over the globe. Each new wave of settlers has had a profound impact on Australian society and culture. The Australian People documents the dramatic history of Australian settlement and describes the rich ethnic and cultural inheritance of the nation through the contributions of its people. It is one of the largest reference works of its kind, with approximately 250 expert contributors and almost one million words. Illustrated in colour and black and white, the book is both a comprehensive encyclopedia and a survey of the controversial debates about citizenship and multiculturalism now that Australia has attained the centenary of its federation.

    • The only encyclopedia to detail the facts and figures of all the migrant groups in Australia
    • Over 400 illustrations
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    'The Australian People is a triumph which deserves to be on the shelves of every Australian educational, municipal or shire library.' ISFAR

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521807890
    • length: 1010 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 216 x 52 mm
    • weight: 2.59kg
    • contains: 309 b/w illus. 100 colour illus. 48 maps 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures, maps and tables
    List of contributors
    Part I. The Peopling of Australia:
    1. The indigenous people
    2. The convict period
    3. Imperial settlement
    4. Immigration since the Second World War
    Part II. Indigenous Australians:
    5. Society and culture
    6. Politics and the law
    7. The indigenous and Australian society
    Part III. The Settlers:
    8. Ethnic entries, from A to Z
    Part IV. Building a Nation:
    9. Assimilation and integration
    10. The term 'Australian'
    11. Australian nationhood
    12. Citizenship in Australia
    13. Concept of 'the Australian'
    14. Cultural diversity
    15. Economics of immigration
    16. Human rights in Australia
    17. Public policy towards immigrants
    18. Language policy in Australia
    19. The legal status of immigrants and refugees
    20. The making of the Anglo-Australian
    21. The mass media, immigration and indigenous issues
    22. Multicultural arts
    23. Multiculturalism in Australia
    24. Multicultural literature
    25. The origins of multiculturalism
    26. National identity
    27. Productive diversity
    28. Public opinion on immigration
    29. Racial discrimination
    30. Refugees
    31. Political representation
    32. Reconciliation
    33. Republicanism
    34. Settlement policies since 1946
    35. Social provision
    Appendix 1. Overseas birthplaces of Australians (1996 census data)
    Appendix 2. Languages spoken by Australians at home (1996 census data)
    Appendix 3. Religious affiliations of Australian (1996 census data)

  • Editor

    James Jupp, Australian National University, Canberra


    approximately 250 contributors

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