Italians in Australia

History, Memory, Identity

  • Francesco Ricatti

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Migration History book series (PSMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Francesco Ricatti
    Pages 1-15
  3. Francesco Ricatti
    Pages 17-34
  4. Francesco Ricatti
    Pages 35-51
  5. Francesco Ricatti
    Pages 75-97
  6. Francesco Ricatti
    Pages 131-139
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 141-147

About this book


This book provides a concise and innovative history of Italian migration to Australia over the past 150 years. It focuses on crucial aspects of the migratory experience, including work and socio-economic mobility, disorientation and reorientation, gender and sexual identities, racism, sexism, family life, aged care, language, religion, politics, and ethnic media. The history of Italians in Australia is re-framed through key theoretical concepts, including transculturation, transnationalism, decoloniality, and intersectionality. This book challenges common assumptions about the Italian-Australian community, including the idea that migrants are ‘stuck’ in the past, and the tendency to assess migrants’ worth according to their socio-economic success and their alleged contribution to the Nation. It focuses instead on the complex, intense, inventive, dynamic, and resilient strategies developed by migrants within complex transcultural and transnational contexts. In doing so, this book provides a new way of rethinking and remembering the history of Italians in Australia.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Francesco Ricatti
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and LinguisticsMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-78872-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-78873-9
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