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Joanne Faulkner, Young and Free: [Post]colonial Ontologies of Childhood, Memory and History in Australia (Rowman & Littlefield: 2016)

Tracing the complex yet intimate relationship between a present-day national obsession with childhood and a colonial past with which Australia as a nation has not adequately come to terms, Young and Free draws on philosophy, literature, film and testimony. The result is a demonstration of how anxiety about childhood has become a screen for more fundamental and intractable issues that vex Australian social and political life. Joanne Faulkner argues that by interpreting these anxieties in their relation to settler-colonial Australia’s unresolved conflict with Aboriginal people, new ways of conceiving of Australian community may be opened.

https://www.amazon.com/Young-Free-Ontologies-Continental-Austral-Asia/dp/1783483067

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