Blood in our hearts or blood on our hands? The viscosity, vitality and validity of Aboriginal 'blood talk'

Bond, Chelsea, Brough, Mark, & Cox, Leonie (2014) Blood in our hearts or blood on our hands? The viscosity, vitality and validity of Aboriginal 'blood talk'. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 7(2), pp. 2-14.

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Blood metaphors abound in everyday social discourse among both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. However, ‘Aboriginal blood talk’, more specifically, is located within a contradictory and contested space in terms of the meanings and values that can be attributed to it by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. In the colonial context, blood talk operated as a tool of oppression for Aboriginal people via blood quantum discourses, yet today, Aboriginal people draw upon notions of blood, namely bloodlines, in articulating their identities. This paper juxtaposes contemporary Aboriginal blood talk as expressed by Aboriginal people against colonial blood talk and critically examines the ongoing political and intellectual governance regarding the validity of this talk in articulating Aboriginalities.

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ID Code: 81844
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Aboriginal Australia, Aboriginality, identity, blood, anthropology
ISSN: 1837-0144
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Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
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