The discursive nature of citizenship : Indigenous sovereign rights, racism and welfare reform

Moreton-Robinson, Aileen (2009) The discursive nature of citizenship : Indigenous sovereign rights, racism and welfare reform. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 2(2), pp. 2-9.

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Citizenship is more than a status associated with a bundle of rights; it is also the formal contract by which the sovereignty of a nation is extended to the individual in exchange for being governed. Who can and who cannot contract into this status and what rights are able to be exercised is also shaped by who possesses the nation. In this article it is argued that citizenship operates discursively to contain Indigenous people’s engagement with the economy through social rights. This containment precludes consideration of Indigenous sovereign rights to our lands and resources, to enable Indigenous economic development within a capitalist market economy.

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ID Code: 65857
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1837-0144
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2014 04:40
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2014 04:40

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