Intimate oral histories: Intercultural romantic relationships in postwar Australia

Rachel Stevens, Seamus O’Hanlon

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Abstract

This article examines the experiences of individuals in romantic relationships that crossed ethnic, religious or racial lines in post-World War II Australia. Using interviews from the Australian Generations Oral History Project, supplemented by archival and newspaper material, this article examines how broader changes in immigration and the cultural make-up of Australia in the second half of the twentieth century impacted individual Australians, influencing who they could desire, court and love. Through the narration of intimate life stories, this article attempts to capture the emotional experience of individuals whose relationships, while made possible by national policy decisions, still tested and breached social norms and cultural expectations at the personal and familial level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-377
Number of pages19
JournalAustralian Historical Studies
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2018

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