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Beyond black and white: Essentialism, hybridity and indigeneity

Paradies, Yin C. (2006). Beyond black and white: Essentialism, hybridity and indigeneity. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics,42(4):355-367.

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Title Beyond black and white: Essentialism, hybridity and indigeneity
Author Paradies, Yin C.
Journal Name Electronic Journal of Combinatorics
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 42
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1097-1440   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 355
End Page 367
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication US
Publisher Electronic Journal of Sociology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Non-Indigenous conceptions of Indigeneity have historically focused on controlling the socialization, mobility and reproduction of Indigenous people. In the Indigenous community, we have only recently begun to demarcate our own space in which to debate the nature of Indigeneity in Australia. To date, we have successfully deployed notions of Indigeneity, via the strategic essentialism of pan-Aboriginality, to create an effective political community.However, such a deployment of Indigeneity also results in every Indigenous Australian being interpellated, without regard to their individuality, throughstereotyped images that exist in the popular imagination. The essentialized Indigeneity thus formed coalesces around specific fantasies of exclusivity, cultural alterity, marginality, physicality and morality, which leave an increasing number of Indigenous people vulnerable to accusations of inauthenticity. Only by decoupling Indigeneity from such essentialist fantasies can we acknowledge the richness of Indigenous diversity and start on the path towards true reconciliation in Australia.
Keywords Australia
Communities
Cultural
essentialism
hybridity
identify
Indigenous
reconciliation
whiteness
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783306069993   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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