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Spinning the Dream: Assimilation in Australia 1950-1970

Written by Anna Haebich


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In Spinning the Dream, multi-award-winning historian Anna Haebich re-evaluates the experience of assimilation in Australia, providing a meticulously researched and masterfully written assessment of its implications for Australia’s Indigenous and ethnic minorities and for immigration and refugee policy.

‘Histories such as these will help us to keep in mind where we have come from and to delineate more clearly where we should be headed.’ The Age

‘Readers wanting to understand the discourses of assimilation, its policies and legacies, in Australia should find this well-written and engaging book amply supplies their needs.’ Public Affairs

‘This is a compelling and provocative work characterised by meticulous research and sophisticated analysis … There is a lot to absorb in such an ambitious work, but close attention offers great rewards.’ Australian Historical Studies


NSW Premiers Literary Awards, Community Relations Commission Award (Shortlist 2009)

ISBN 9781921361074 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Award Winning
Indigenous Writing
Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Pages 364
Publication Year 2008
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Anna haebich

    Anna Haebich

    Anna Haebich’s career brings together university teaching and research, centre directorship, museum curatorship, visual arts practice and work with Indigenous communities. Her research interests include histories of Indigenous peoples, migration, the body, the environment, the visual and performing arts, and representations of the past. Anna is a Professor specialising in interdisciplinary research at Griffith University and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Read more