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Place, identity and nationhood: The Northern Territory intervention as a final act of a dying nation


O'Dowd, MF, Place, identity and nationhood: The Northern Territory intervention as a final act of a dying nation, Continuum, 6, (December) pp. 803 - 825. ISSN 1469-3666 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/10304310903294853


The paper argues that the Australian government's intervention in the Northern pre-empts the end of Australia as a single nation state. Through a discussion of national identity, history and particular key (post 1965) policies/Acts and actions by the federal Government the paper considers the place of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in relation to the Australian nation-state and each other. The paper argues there has been a continued social and political marginalisation, displacement and exclusion of Indigenous Australians and continued construction of them as‘others’ to ‘Australianness’. It argues that at so a pivotal point in the history of this country, in the Post Apology society, the Intervention is a watershed institutionalising racism towards indigenous Australians in the new millennium. It suggests place and identity within the ‘Australian’ nation-state need to be re-framed for the possibility for Indigenous inclusion and/or provide for the sovereignty of the Indigenous nations. Without such action it suggests the Howard/Rudd choirs sing to the ghost of the nation-state as he walks by the billabongs the wells of racism to which non-Indigenous leaders have ever returned.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:O'Dowd, MF (Dr Mary O'Dowd)
ID Code:85389
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-07-03
Last Modified:2014-11-26

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