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Conceptualizing and Theorizing the Indigenous Life


Walter, M, Conceptualizing and Theorizing the Indigenous Life, The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous Sociology, Oxford University Press, M Walter, T Kukutai, AA Gonzales, and R Henr (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9780197528778 (2023) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197528778.001.0001


The Euro-industrial revolution, large-scale Anglo colonization, and the emergence of sociology all emanate from similar societal origins and time in history. Yet despite these shared roots, the impact of colonization on societies or on Indigenous Peoples is almost completely absent from sociological theorizing, even in colonized First Nation states such as Australia. But with colonization, the pivotal social issue for colonized Indigenous Peoples, then and now, a sociology without colonization is not an option for Indigenous sociologists. This chapter emphasizes this centrality through an embodied conceptualization and operationalization of distinctive Indigenous lived realities. Using the authorís Palawa lifeworld as the case study, it demonstrates the intertwined intersubjectivities of Indigenous peoplehood and of Indigenous colonized marginalization that make up the Indigenous lifeworld. In doing so, it also demonstrates that a sociology practiced without acknowledging colonization is, at its essence, flawed.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:lifeworld, Indigenous, sociology
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander accounting
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Other Indigenous
Objective Field:Other Indigenous not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Malcolm Walter)
ID Code:151035
Year Published:2023 (online first 2022)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-07-13
Last Modified:2022-07-15

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