Cossack identities: from Russian emigres and anti-soviet collaborators to displaced persons

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Persian, Jayne. 2019. "Cossack identities: from Russian emigres and anti-soviet collaborators to displaced persons." Dellios, Alexandra (ed.) Memory and family in Australian refugee histories. Milton Park, United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 47-64
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Cossack identities: from Russian emigres and anti-soviet collaborators to displaced persons

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleMemory and family in Australian refugee histories
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AuthorPersian, Jayne
EditorsDellios, Alexandra
Page Range47-64
Chapter Number3
Number of Pages18
Year2019
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationMilton Park, United Kingdom
ISBN9780367332587
Web Address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/Memory-and-Family-in-Australian-Refugee-Histories/Dellios/p/book/9780367332587
Abstract

This book revisits Australian histories of refugee arrivals and settlement – with a particular focus on family and family life. It brings together new empirical research, and methodologies in memory and oral history, to offer multilayered histories of people seeking refuge in the 20th century.

Engaging with histories of refugees and ‘family’, and how these histories intersect with aspects of memory studies — including oral history, public storytelling, family history, and museum exhibitions and objects — the book moves away from a focus on individual adults and towards multilayered and rich histories of groups with a variety of intersectional affiliations. The contributions consider the conflicting layers of meaning built up around racialised and de-racialised refugee groups throughout the 20th century, and their relationship to structural inequalities, their shifting socio-economic positions, and the changing racial and religious categories of inclusion and exclusion employed by dominant institutions. As the contributors to this book suggest, ‘family’ functions as a means to revisit or research histories of mobility and refuge. This focus on ‘family’ illuminates intimate aspects of a history and the emotions it contains and enables – complicating the passive victim stereotype often applied to refugees.

As interest in refugee ‘integration’ continues to rise as a result of increasingly vociferous identity politics and rising right-wing rhetoric, this book offers readers new insights into the intersections between family and memory, and the potential avenues this might open up for considering refugee studies in a more intimate way. This book was originally published as a special issue of Immigrants & Minorities.

Keywordsdisplaced persons, migration, memory, family, cossack, russian, displaced persons, anti-Soviet
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430302. Australian history
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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Australian Research Council (ARC)
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DP160101528
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