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The White Possessive : Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty - Aileen Moreton-Robinson

The White Possessive

Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty

Paperback Published: 1st August 2015
ISBN: 9780816692163
Number Of Pages: 272

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The White Possessive explores the links between race, sovereignty, and possession through themes of property: owning property, being property, and becoming propertyless. Focusing on the Australian Aboriginal context, Aileen Moreton-Robinson questions current race theory in the first world and its preoccupation with foregrounding slavery and migration. The nation, she argues, is socially and culturally constructed as a white possession.

Moreton-Robinson reveals how the core values of Australian national identity continue to have their roots in Britishness and colonization, built on the disavowal of Indigenous sovereignty. Whiteness studies literature is central to Moreton-Robinson's reasoning, and she shows how blackness works as a white epistemological tool that bolsters the social production of whiteness-displacing Indigenous sovereignties and rendering them invisible in a civil rights discourse, thereby sidestepping thorny issues of settler colonialism.

Throughout this critical examination Moreton-Robinson proposes a bold new agenda for critical Indigenous studies, one that involves deeper analysis of how the prerogatives of white possession function within the role of disciplines.

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"The White Possessive showcases the unique intellectual contribution of Aileen Moreton-Robinson, both within Australia and internationally. Prising apart concepts of race, ethnicity, and cultural difference, her book makes visible and accountable to patriarchal white subject of possession that subtends them."--The International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies"Moreton-Robinson provides her readers with an indispensable theoretical analysis with which they can (re)think the way in which the possessive logics of whiteness structure racialised populations, particularly Indigenous subjects, experiences of (non)belonging and displacement in contemporary settler colonial life."--Sociology


Acknowledgments Introduction: White Possession and Indigenous Sovereignty Matters Part I. Owning Property 1. I Still Call Australia Home: Indigenous Belonging and Place in a Postcolonizing Society 2. The House That Jack Built: Britishness and White Possession 3. Bodies That Matter on the Beach 4. Writing Off Treaties: Possession in the U.S. Critical Whiteness Literature Part II. Becoming Propertyless 5. Nullifying Native Title: A Possessive Investment in Whiteness 6. The High Court and the Yorta Yorta Decision 7. Leesa's Story: White Possession in the Workplace 8. The Legacy of Cook's Choice Part III. Being Property 9. Toward a New Research Agenda: Foucault, Whiteness, and Sovereignty 10. Writing Off Sovereignty: The Discourse of Security and Patriarchal White Sovereignty 11. Imagining the Good Indigenous Citizen: Race War and the Pathology of White Sovereignty 12. Virtuous Racial States: White Sovereignty and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Afterword Notes Publication History Index

ISBN: 9780816692163
ISBN-10: 0816692165
Series: Indigenous Americas
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st August 2015
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.3

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