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    Moments of decolonization: indigenous Australia in the here and now

    Keenan, Sarah (2014) Moments of decolonization: indigenous Australia in the here and now. Canadian Journal of Law and Society 29 (2), pp. 163-180. ISSN 0829-3201.

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    This article traces some of the ways in which Australian law in the post-Mabo era has functioned to discursively historicize Indigenous Australia, that is, to construct Indigenous Australia as a historical relic. I argue that despite law’s continual historicization of Indigenous Australia, there have nonetheless been “moments of decolonization,” as there have been since the colonization of Australia began, in which Indigenous Australia asserts its contemporary presence in opposition to and outside of colonial Australia. Drawing on Doreen Massey’s conceptualization of place and space and three examples, I argue that in these moments, Indigenous activists do not only resist the ongoing project that is settler Australia, they also create an elsewhere to it.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Sarah Keenan
    Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2015 10:38
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:17


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