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Whitewashing the gap: the discursive practices of whiteness

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Moore, Robyn, Whitewashing the gap: the discursive practices of whiteness, International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 5, (2) pp. 2-12. ISSN 1837-0144 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

In this article I utilise critical discourse analysis to investigate the discursive practices evident in the Gillard Government’s 2011 ‘Closing the Gap’ speech. The speech is interpreted as a performative activity which normalises the racialised privilege/disadvantage divide in contemporary Australia by framing this divide as meritocratic. Inherently contradictory discourses are used to position both the government and Indigenes in antithetical ways. The government is constructed as a benevolent authority, yet is excused from responsibility for ‘closing the gap’. Indigenous peoples are framed as culturally deficient while simultaneously held responsible to ‘close the gap’. The contentiousness of these discourses is minimised by their portrayal as hegemonic commonsense.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Race and Ethnic Relations
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Other Cultural Understanding
Objective Field:Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Author:Moore, Robyn (Ms Robyn Moore)
ID Code:83323
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2013-03-08
Last Modified:2015-03-05
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