The Possessive Logic of Patriarchal White Sovereignty: The High Court and the Yorta Yorta Decision

Moreton-Robinson, Aileen M. (2007) The Possessive Logic of Patriarchal White Sovereignty: The High Court and the Yorta Yorta Decision. In Riggs, Damien W. (Ed.) Taking up the challenge : critical race and whiteness studies in a postcolonising nation. Crawford House Publishing, Belair, SA, pp. 110-124.

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Race is fundamental in shaping the development of Australian law just as it has played its part in other former colonies, such as the United States, where a body of critical race theory has been established on the basis of this premise. Drawing on this theory I argue that the possessive logic of patriarchal white sovereignty works ideologically to naturalise the nation as a white possession by informing and circulating a coherent set of meanings about white possession as part of common sense knowledge and socially produced conventions in the High Court's Yorta Yorta decision.

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ID Code: 15278
Item Type: Book Chapter
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ISBN: 9781863333122
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law (180101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Race and Ethnic Relations (160803)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Crawford House Publishing
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2012 04:58

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