Secondhand. Very good condition. Minor wear to book corners and edges. Right front cover corners now protected with book tape.
Cruel Care tells a story of government, politics and the emotions that drive decisions. It asks why Australia has treated child refugees with violence and why governments say that the cruel acts they perpetrate are a form of care.
Based on extensive research – including 35 oral history interviews with key policymakers and a rich set of archival sources – this book traces how governmental authorities can make decisions designed to control and disenfranchise children in their care.
It explores how legislation, ministers, political parties and the public service have combined to create a sentimental rhetoric of welfare while enacting repressive policies. And it details the weaponization of rhetoric such as ‘best interests of the child’ and the histories of race and racism that shape Australian national security discourses.
This book's heart is a study of the stories of the people who shape refugee policy. Cruel Care asks provocative questions about how policymakers are shaped by, and in turn, shape, their histories, communities and the nation to offer bold suggestions for how we could achieve collective justice for refugees. (back cover)