“More than an abstract principle”: reimagining rights in the Communist Party of Australia, 1956–1971

Piccini, Jon (2015) “More than an abstract principle”: reimagining rights in the Communist Party of Australia, 1956–1971. Journal of Australian Studies, 39 2: 200-215. doi:10.1080/14443058.2015.1018924


Author Piccini, Jon
Title “More than an abstract principle”: reimagining rights in the Communist Party of Australia, 1956–1971
Journal name Journal of Australian Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1835-6419
1444-3058
Publication date 2015-04-10
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2015.1018924
Open Access Status
Volume 39
Issue 2
Start page 200
End page 215
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) increasingly adopted ideas of universal rights throughout the 1960s. Responding to changes in the Soviet Union and the party's increasing irrelevancy at home, leading members of the CPA theorised a universal notion of rights—one that applied equally either side of the Iron Curtain—to critique Soviet actions on a variety of questions. In a local setting, the party aired for the first- time significant critiques of its history and practices, particularly rethinking its fraught relationship with Australian democratic freedom and rights, and recasting itself as a defender and extender rather than an ideological opponent of such ideas. Though brief, this engagement with these previously apostate ideas tells us much about the nature of the Australian party during this turbulent period and adds to our understanding of the transnational evolution of activist rights rhetoric and ideas.
Keyword Australian history
history of ideas
transnational history
human rights history
communism—twentieth century
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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