Aboriginality and the Violence of Colonialism

Watson, Irene (2009) 'Aboriginality and the violence of colonialism', Borderlands E-journal vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-8

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Irene Watson

University of South Australia - School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Aboriginality survives the long history of a violent colonial project. In the contemporary space an Aboriginal resistance and survival struggle continues. However, the colonial project also continues. The state still has assimilation agendas, intent upon the removal of Aboriginal peoples from traditional lands and the absorption of Aboriginality into a ‘white Australia’. Colonising acts of violence, both past and present, have been read as being beneficial to Aboriginal communities, saving them from their violent selves. A comprehensive analysis of the sources of Aboriginal community violence from a diversity of Aboriginal perspectives is rarely made by the mass media or given space for communication and conversation. The Howard government’s intervention into Northern Territory Aboriginal communities is supported by the current Rudd government, and remains largely immune from a critical gaze at its underlying impulses.

Keywords: Aboriginal people, violence, diversity

Suggested Citation

Watson, Irene, Aboriginality and the Violence of Colonialism (2009). Watson, Irene (2009) 'Aboriginality and the violence of colonialism', Borderlands E-journal vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2476792

Irene Watson (Contact Author)

University of South Australia - School of Law ( email )

GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001
Australia

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