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Aboriginality in the city: re-reading Koorie photographs

Kleinert, Sylvia (2006). Aboriginality in the city: re-reading Koorie photographs. Aboriginal History Journal,30(2006):69-94.

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Title Aboriginality in the city: re-reading Koorie photographs
Author Kleinert, Sylvia
Journal Name Aboriginal History Journal
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 30
Issue Number 2006
ISSN 0314-8769   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 69
End Page 94
Total Pages 26
Place of Publication Canberra, ACT
Publisher Australian National University *Dept. of History
Field of Research 1901 - Art Theory and Criticism
2103 - Historical Studies
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The issues of the equal rights deserved by Aboriginals but its deprivation due to colonization and urbanization are discussed in relation to Koorie photographs in Melbourne during the era of ‘high assimilation’ from the late 1930s to 1970. The importance of the photographic genre in the formation of a vernacular modernism is explored by highlighting the gap between the rhetoric of assimilation policies and the reality of Koorie life and society at a time when relations between Koories and the wider community were often starkly polarised and Koories were engaged in political struggles to strengthen the status and well-being of their people.
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