Authored by: Daryl Adair

Routledge Handbook of Sport, Race and Ethnicity

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138816954
eBook ISBN: 9781315745886
Adobe ISBN: 9781317596677


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Australia provides a fascinating context for discussion about the intersection among race, ethnicity, and sport. The Anglo-Celtic games ethic was part of the cultural baggage of colonisers who, whether as convicts or free settlers, annexed what was previously Aboriginal land. When Australia became a federated nation in 1901, parliament henceforth instituted the ‘White Australia Policy’ (WAP); this had the intent of further isolating Indigenous peoples and curtailing the immigration of non-whites. Little surprise, then, that for much of Australian history the Anglo-Celtic games ethic was more exclusive than inclusive. 1

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