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When the object speaks, a postcolonial encounter : anthropological, representations and Aboriginal's women's self-presentations

Moreton-Robinson, Aileen M. (1998) When the object speaks, a postcolonial encounter : anthropological, representations and Aboriginal's women's self-presentations. Discourse : Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 19(3), pp. 275-298.

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Abstract

As an Aboriginal woman currently reviewing feminist literature in Australia, I have found that representations of Aboriginal women's gender have been generated predominantly by women anthropologists. Australian feminists utilise this literature in their writing and teaching and accept its truths without question; the most often quoted ethnographic text is Diane Bell's Daughters of the Dreaming (1983a).1 Feminists' lack of critical engagement with this literature implies that they are content to accept women anthropologists' representations because Aboriginal women are not central to their constructions of feminism.2 Instead the Aboriginal woman is positioned on the margins, a symbol of difference; a reminder that it is feminists who are the bearers of true womanhood.

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ID Code: 28320
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Education Policy and Politics
DOI: 10.1080/0159630980190302
ISSN: 0159-6306
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Deposited On: 30 Oct 2009 07:43
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2009 07:45

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