Repositioning resistance: Basque separatism, religion and cultural security in regional Queensland, 1945-1970

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Mason, Robert. 2013. "Repositioning resistance: Basque separatism, religion and cultural security in regional Queensland, 1945-1970." Queensland Review. 20 (1), pp. 37-51. https://doi.org/10.1017/qre.2013.4
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Repositioning resistance: Basque separatism, religion and cultural security in regional Queensland, 1945-1970

ERA Journal ID36905
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorMason, Robert
Journal TitleQueensland Review
Journal Citation20 (1), pp. 37-51
Number of Pages15
Year2013
PublisherEquinox Publishing
Place of PublicationCambridge, United Kingdom
ISSN1321-8166
2049-7792
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/qre.2013.4
Abstract

This article investigates expressions of ethnic difference amongst the Basque community of north Queensland. Large numbers of Basques migrated to north Queensland during the 1920s and 1930s, and remained in contact with family members in the Provinces themselves. Few Australian Basques were present during the bombing of Guernica in 1937, but all were aware of the event and believed it proved the perfidy of Nationalist Spain. The highly symbolic nature of the violence wrought at Guernica exposed Australia's Basques to a form of cultural trauma, and emphasised their difference from Castilian Spaniards. Within Queensland, the trauma was experienced as a distancing from Spanish identities and an attempt to accrue a whiteness that could be recognised and validated by local Anglophone communities.

Keywordsimmigration; North Queensland history; Spanish minorities; Basqu separatists
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440107. Social and cultural anthropology
430302. Australian history
440811. Political theory and political philosophy
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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