An Australian archive of feelings: The sorry books campaign and the pedagogy of compassion

Rosanne Kennedy*

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    Abstract

    The Sorry Books campaign, held in 1998, was a popular reconciliation event that created conditions for the Australian public to apologise to the 'Stolen Generations' when the Howard government refused to offer a parliamentary apology. Feminist and queer approaches, with their complex analyses of emotion in the public sphere and their attention to the formation of counter-public archives of memory, are particularly productive for analysing the Sorry Books campaign as an Australian case study of compassionate politics. In this article, I draw on the work of Lauren Berlant, Ann Cvetkovich and others to develop a range of frameworks for analysing and evaluating the Sorry Books campaign.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)257-279
    Number of pages23
    JournalAustralian Feminist Studies
    Volume26
    Issue number69
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011

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