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Misadventures with Aboriginalism


Moore, T, Misadventures with Aboriginalism, Social Identities: Journal for The Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 17, (3) pp. 423-441. ISSN 1350-4630 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13504630.2011.570979


For 30 years the dominant approach to Aboriginal affairs in Australia has been to support cultural recovery and accommodate cultural difference in the expectation that this will enhance Aboriginesí and Torres Strait Islandersí equality as citizens. This approach has been driven by a dialectic of progressivist desire to ameliorate the effects of earlier colonialist policy and Aboriginalist discourse that assumes isolable cultures, unitary identities and uni-directional causes of marginalisation. That discursive formation, once counter to dominant colonialist discourse, has now itself become normative, internally repressive, counter-productive and resistant to change. This is the national misadventure with Aboriginalism. This paper argues that this unexpected development is a product of the national governing attempt to gain control through public policy that is inadequate to Aboriginesí contemporary lived reality of interculturality, post-ethnicity and political agency. It uses an indicative case study and an analysis of the national misadventure to propose a deliberative intercultural approach to public policy in respect of Aborigines.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aborigines; pluralism; interculturality; post-ethnicity; deliberative
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Moore, T (Dr Terry Moore)
ID Code:75980
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Riawunna
Deposited On:2012-02-22
Last Modified:2012-06-20
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