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Race Matters: Indigenous Australians and 'Our' Society

While Australian Aboriginal people live in an unprecedented time of formal equality, their conditions in life are still starkly different from those of most other Australians. And recognition of the rights of Australia’s indigenous people is not forthcoming. This diverse collection of articles explores the double burden of racial discrimination and the denial of indigenous rights that Australian Aboriginal people continue to carry.

Race matters because racism remains. While Aboriginal people live in an unprecedented time of formal equality, their conditions in life are still starkly different from those of most other Australians. Prejudice and social marginalisation are still everyday experiences, despite official multicultural policies. And recognition of the rights of Australia’s indigenous people is still not forthcoming. This diverse collection of articles explores the double burden of racial discrimination and the denial of indigenous rights that Australian Aboriginal people continue to carry. It explores the way in which anti-racism can inadvertently deny the voiced of indigenous experience and status. Racism is revealed to exist not only in its crude contours, but in subtle manifestations, hidden in the paternalism of bureaucratic and social policies, in exoticism and even the defining of an Australian identity.

Publication Details
Name of Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Place of Publication: Canberra
Resource Type: Monograph
ISBN: 0855752947
EISBN: 0855755342
Publication Year: 1997
Subject Covered: Social Sciences (General); Indigenous peoples; Social groups