The Aboriginal version of Ken Done ... banal aboriginal identities in Australia

McKee, Alan (1997) The Aboriginal version of Ken Done ... banal aboriginal identities in Australia. Cultural Studies, 11(2), pp. 191-206.

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Histories of representation of Blackness are quite distinct in Australia and in America. Indigenous Australian identities have been consistently 'fatal', in Baudrillard's use of that term. So, while Black American representation includes intensely banal images of middle-class, materialistic individuals, such histories are largely absent in the Australian context. This implies that the few such representations which do occur — and particularly those of everyday game shows such as Sale of the Century and Family Feud — are particularly important for presenting a trivial, unexciting version of Aboriginality. This also clarifies the distinction between American and Australian versions of Blackness, and suggests that the latter set of representations might be more usefully viewed in relation to Native American rather than Black American images. The status of indigeneity might prove to be more relevant to Australian Aboriginal representation than the previously favoured identity of skin colour (Blackness).

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ID Code: 42045
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: representations, Aboriginality, discourses, blackness
DOI: 10.1080/09502389700490111
ISSN: 0950-2386
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Cultural Studies, 11(2), pp. 191-206]. [Cultural Studies] is available online at informaworld.
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2011 22:27
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2011 15:33

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