The Children's Country : Creation of a Goolarabooloo Future in North-West Australia - Stephen Muecke

The Children's Country

Creation of a Goolarabooloo Future in North-West Australia

By: Stephen Muecke, Paddy Roe

Paperback | 22 February 2021

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In North-West Australia, between 2009 and 2013, a major Indigenous-environmentalist alliance waged a successful campaign to stop a huge industrial development, a $45 billion liquefied gas plant proposed by Woodside and its partners.

The Western Australian government and key Indigenous institutions also pushed hard for this, making the custodians of the Country, the Goolarabooloo, an embattled minority. This experimental ethnography documents the Goolarabooloo's knowledge of Country, their long history of struggle for survival, and the alliances that formed to support them.

Written in a fictocritical style, it introduces a new 'multirealist' kind of analysis that focuses on institutions (Indigenous or European), their spheres of influence, and how they organised to stay alive as alliances shifted and changed.
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In thisremarkable book, Stephen Muecke continues his conversation with his mentor, Paddy Roe. Their new story is a guide to a possible future, based on a past that is never simply past. Paddy Roe is always, and always will be, present, while Muecke remains his enquiring listener and dutiful scribe.

This is our children's country. To disrespect country, to harm it, is to harm them.

--Tony Birch, author and essayist

This is how you walk country, in it, with it, talking to us dreamy day by day walking the sea and the red soil, theory and story walking by our side, too, never short of hard facticity as the spirit children play.

--Mick Taussig, professor emeritus of anthropology, Columbia University

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