Publication details [#55112]

Augoustinos, Martha, Audrey Wright and Brianne Hastie. 2011. Apologizing for historical injustice: Emotion, truth and identity in political discourse. Discourse & Society 22 (5) : 507–531.
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SAGE Publications


The Australian Prime Minister's recent apology to Indigenous Australians, shows the increasing preparedness of nation states to apologize for historical injustices. This critical discursive analysis demonstrates how the act was accomplished via the use of emotion and identity categories, and how humanizing the ‘other’ constitutes a powerful discourse strategy for eliciting support for restoring social injustice.