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.
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Education Policy and Politics|
|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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