The vanishing endpoint of settler colonialism

Strakosch, Elizabeth & Macoun, Alissa (2012) The vanishing endpoint of settler colonialism. Arena Journal, 37-38, pp. 40-62.

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Abstract

In this paper, we interrogate the way that narratives about the unfolding of settler colonialism through time are encoded in recent Australian Indigenous policy frameworks. We argue that the postcolonial image of a single transformative moment of radical political break is embedded in Australian policy frameworks, but is deployed in ways that fuse this idea with the moment of colonial completion and in so doing assist the colonial project. By merging the moment of decolonisation and the moment of colonial completion, temporal narratives mobilise conservative and progressive settler voices towards colonial goals. We identify three recent policy approaches: reconciliation, neoliberal contractualism and intervention, and interrogate the narratives of the present and future that they reflect and deploy. We argue these unacknowledged stories of the colonial future must be contested, so that debates about how settler and Indigenous people might live together differently across time are not foreclosed.

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ID Code: 65339
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: settler colonialism, Indigenous policy, reconciliation, Northern Territory intervention
ISSN: 1320-6567
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy (160501)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2014 23:21
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2014 23:56

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