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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 The 'Cultural Mission' in Indigenous Non-Fiction Book Publishing in Australia 1960–2000
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'Non-fiction books by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have arguably played a crucial role in the framing of public discussion of Indigenous issues in Australia since the 1950s. In this article, I track quantitative trends in the publishing of the approximately 769 such books for the Australian retail trade between 1960 and 2000, as part of what I describe as an emerging “cultural mission” among Australian book publishers through the period. The article then discusses two major trends within the data. The first is an overall increase in the number of titles published annually through the period, while the second is a declining interest by mass-market trade publishers in publishing books in the area from the 1980s onwards versus an increased publication rate by smaller independent presses and two large trade publishers with a particular interest in the area, one of which is also independently owned. The article concludes with a discussion of possible reasons for the latter trend in the context of ongoing debates about white Australian colonialism.'  (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon Journal of Australian Studies vol. 41 no. 4 2017 12754792 2017 periodical issue

    'This issue of the Journal of Australian Studies carries eight articles, all of which, in their own way, deal with the representation of Australian culture and politics in literature, the media, and the arts. Collectively, they explore the ways in which Australia represents itself and its relation to the land and its people, highlighting some of the tensions and contradictions within these representations.' (Editorial introduction)

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