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Aboriginal Peoples' Movements (Australia)


Walter, M, Aboriginal Peoples' Movements (Australia), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, John Wiley & Sons, DA Snow, D della Porta, D McAdam, and B Klandermans (ed), United States, pp. 1-3. ISBN 9781405197731 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/9780470674871


Australian Aboriginal peoples' movements have been central to Aboriginal resistances to dispossessions and discriminations since European colonization began at the turn of the nineteenth century and continue into present times. Aboriginal organized protest has coalesced around three political and social criteria: the articulation of a direct claim; the organization of activities involving Aboriginal community members around this claim; and the adaptation of the colonizers' sociolegal practices as tools to advance these claims. An early example is George Walter Arthur and other Tasmanians' campaign to reverse the forced dispossession and exile of the Tasmanians. Activities included the establishment of a newspaper to voice their claims and, in 1847, a petition to Queen Victoria claiming breach of promise by colonial authorities. The Tasmanians remained imprisoned on Flinders Island, but with the legacy of documentary evidence that the Tasmanians never relinquished sovereignty. Petitions against dispossession and living circumstances were also made by a number of Aboriginal protest movement leaders in New South Wales and South Australia in the latter part of the nineteenth century, again unsuccessfully.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Indigenous politics, social movements, Indigenous rights
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander political participation and representation
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Other Indigenous
Objective Field:Other Indigenous not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
ID Code:155699
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2023-03-07
Last Modified:2023-03-07

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