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White Australian identities and Indigenous land rights

Koerner, Catherine (2015). White Australian identities and Indigenous land rights. Social Identities,21(2):87-101.

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IRMA ID 75039815xPUB812
Title White Australian identities and Indigenous land rights
Author Koerner, Catherine
Journal Name Social Identities
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 21
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1350-4630   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84937522610
Start Page 87
End Page 101
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Land has been central to debates about the relationship between Indigenous (First Nations) and non-Indigenous Australian identities since colonial violence founded the nation. How do white Australians understand Indigenous land rights? This paper draws on an empirical ethnographic study with rural people who self-identify as ‘white Australian’ to analyze the key discourses of land, identity and nation and the complexities of how whiteness and race is socially produced and lived in rural Australia. The study found that white Australian discourses of nation and identity limit most of the respondents' ability to construct their identity in relation to Indigenous sovereignty.
Keywords race
indigenous relations
Australian identity
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