'It's a long way to the bottom': The insignificance of 'the Scots' in Australia

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Prentis, Malcolm. (2011) 'It's a long way to the bottom': The insignificance of 'the Scots' in Australia. Immigrants and Minorities. 29(2), pp. 195 - 219. https://doi.org/10.1080/02619288.2011.577597
AuthorsPrentis, Malcolm
Abstract

Australian historians have been reluctant to recognize the significance of Scottish immigration and immigrants. And, until relatively recently, Scottish historians were also indifferent, possibly because Canada and New Zealand seemed more Scottish. It is thus worthwhile to ponder the ways in which Australian (and Scottish) historians have approached Scottish migration to and settlement in Australia. Neglected aspects of the Scottish experience in Australia are exposed and overexposed aspects questioned. Some of the former include the twentieth century, radical politics, sport and popular music; the latter include the nineteenth century, God and Mammon. Despite the alleged invisibility of ‘the Scots’ in Australia as a group, Scots have consistently been very visible.

KeywordsScots; historiography; settlement; Australia
Year2011
JournalImmigrants and Minorities
Journal citation29 (2), pp. 195 - 219
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0261-9288
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02619288.2011.577597
Scopus EID2-s2.0-80053147435
Page range195 - 219
Research GroupSchool of Arts
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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