Women's Whispers: Indigenous women's participation in decolonising Oceania

Rose, Samantha F. (2006) Women's Whispers: Indigenous women's participation in decolonising Oceania. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2006, 27 October 2006, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane. (Unpublished)

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Indigenous women in Oceania have contributed to the struggle for independence against former-colonial powers but predominantly masculine histories of decolonisation dominate the literature. The colonial and decolonising experience of Indigenous women is distinct to men yet their significant formal and informal participation in the self-determination of their respected nations have largely been neglected in favour of narratives of "great men and great deeds" in nation-building. The role and contribution of women in pre-independence civil society, non-government organizations, education, cooperatives, trade, arts and theatre as well as local government and the bureaucracy needs to be visible and recognised in order to develop a greater understanding of current socio-political dynamics in Oceania. The purpose of this paper is to argue that the decision-making processes of women in the private, domestic sphere, as opposed to men's public participation in the politics of independence was an effective avenue of political expression

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ID Code: 6907
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: decolonisation, women’s groups, gender
ISBN: 1741071291
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Samantha F. Rose
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:39

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