Marriageability and Indigenous representation in the white mainstream media in Australia

King, Andrew Stephen (2007) Marriageability and Indigenous representation in the white mainstream media in Australia. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


By means of a historical analysis of representations, this thesis argues that an increasing sexualisation of Indigenous personalities in popular culture contributes to the reconciliation of non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australia. It considers how sexualised images and narratives of Indigenous people, as they are produced across a range of film, television, advertising, sport and pornographic texts, are connected to a broader politics of liberty and justice in the present postmodern and postcolonial context. By addressing this objective the thesis will identify and evaluate the significance of 'banal' or everyday representations of Aboriginal sexuality, which may range from advertising images of kissing, television soap episodes of weddings, sultry film romances through to more evocatively oiled-up representations of the pinup- calendar variety. This project seeks to explore how such images offer possibilities for creating informal narratives of reconciliation, and engendering understandings of Aboriginality in the media beyond predominant academic concerns for exceptional or fatalistic versions.

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ID Code: 16654
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: McKee, Alan
Keywords: Aboriginality, Indigenous, marriageability, reconciliation, popular culture, sexuality, relationships, interracial, public sphere, mediasphere, celebrity
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Andrew Stephen King
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:07
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:41

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