Books by academics and researchers at Southern Cross University. In this issue:
- Reading Colonies: Property and Control of the British Far East by Rohan Price
- Relationships and Recognition: Photos about Working Together by the Centre for Children and Young People
Reading Colonies: Property and Control of the British Far East
By Rohan Price. Published by City of University Hong Kong Press.
By 1945, everywhere one looked in the Far East the British Empire was being openly questioned or was failing outright. Yet in the previous century, the British had been the pre-eminent imperial power from Weihaiwei to North Borneo. Reading Colonies: Property and Control of the British Far East investigates how the British held on for so long. Rent control legislation, and other measures of property law such as land improvement opportunities, are nominated as key tools used to frustrate decolonization in most Eastern colonies. British colonial administrations tried long and hard to inhibit the dialectical discord between their colonial hierarchism and local forms of nationalism with the prompts and plaudits of property policy. In cases where indigenous landlordism masqueraded as patriotism, independence came quickly (Ceylon and Burma). Where public housing established itself as a key post-war plank of social policy, freedom from British rule was a more gradual affair (British Malaya and Hong Kong).
The study concludes that British colonial regimes did not offer a share of their industrial modernity to stay at the apex of political power, but readily adjusted old-style landlordism to keep nationalist usurpers at bay.
Dr Rohan Price is a lecturer in the School of Law and Justice at the Gold Coast campus.
Relationships and Recognition: Photos about Working Together
By the Centre for Children and Young People.
This book tells a story in photos. It talks about what is important to young people with cognitive disability and their support workers in their work together.
Relationships and Recognition: Photos about Working Together is a collection of photos taken by 45 pairs of young people and support workers who have shared their stories, from across six sites around Australia, including Northern NSW, Sydney, and regional Victoria. The book is an accessible way of reporting results to participants in a larger project Young people with cognitive disability: relationships and paid support funded through the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects funding scheme.
The book was launched this month in Lismore and Sydney and will be launched in Geelong on March 2.
The Centre for Children and Young People, part of the School of Education, is based at the Lismore campus. Visit the Research involving Children and Young People with a Disability website for more information about the project.