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Marking the liminal for true blue Aussies : the generic placement of Aboriginality in Australian soap operas.

McKee, Alan (1997) Marking the liminal for true blue Aussies : the generic placement of Aboriginality in Australian soap operas. Australian Journal of Communication, 24(1), pp. 42-57.

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Abstract

This paper addresses a previously unconsidered history — that of Aboriginal characters in Australian soap operas. Rejecting critical approaches which have obtained even into the 1990s, it refuses to judge these characters as 'good' or 'bad' manifestations of indigeneity. Rather, using the idea that genre is a way of closing down interpretive possibilities, the paper looks at the manner in which generic expectations around soap operas produce particular valences for these representations of Aboriginality. It points to the many ways in which these indigenous characters are insistently constructed as liminal in soap operas' structural communities - simultaneously inside and outside of the group. This is seen to accord with the suggestions of Jakubowicz et al about the ways in which Aboriginal people are positioned by wider social discourses.

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ID Code: 42047
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: aboriginality, soap operas, australian television
ISSN: 0811-6202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Copyright Owner: Copyright Australian Journal of Communication 1997
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2011 08:38
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 08:38

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