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Trapped in the Gap : Doing Good in Indigenous Australia - Emma Kowal

Trapped in the Gap

Doing Good in Indigenous Australia

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"This is an excellent forensic analysis of the dilemmas of well intentioned white development workers in the intercultural, post-colonial setting of a region of a settler society that is still unsettled. It is well written and engaging . . . It is scrupulously balanced, strives to be complete, and is consistently well argued." - Patrick Sullivan, University of Notre Dame

"This book breaks new ground in the study of postcolonial identity politics. Its analysis of the complex motivations, aspirations and ethical ambiguities arising from the legacy of colonialism is both compelling and certain to prompt productive debate." - David Trigger, University of Queensland

In Australia, a 'tribe' of white, middle-class, progressive professionals is actively working to improve the lives of Indigenous people. This book explores what happens when well-meaning people, supported by the state, attempt to help without harming. 'White anti-racists' find themselves trapped by endless ambiguities, contradictions, and double binds - a microcosm of the broader dilemmas of postcolonial societies. These dilemmas are fueled by tension between the twin desires of equality and difference: to make Indigenous people statistically the same as non-Indigenous people (to 'close the gap') while simultaneously maintaining their 'cultural' distinctiveness. This tension lies at the heart of failed development efforts in Indigenous communities, ethnic minority populations and the global South. This book explains why doing good is so hard, and how it could be done differently.

Emma Kowal is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Deakin University, Melbourne. She has also worked as a doctor and public health researcher in Indigenous health settings. She has published widely on Australian postcolonialism, whiteness and anti-racism, is co-editor of Moving Anthropology: Critical Indigenous Studies, and is an editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies.

"This is an excellent forensic analysis of the dilemmas of well intentioned white development workers in the intercultural, post-colonial setting of a region of a settler society that is still unsettled. It is well written and engaging ... It is scrupulously balanced, strives to be complete, and is consistently well argued." * Patrick Sullivan, University of Notre Dame "This book breaks new ground in the study of postcolonial identity politics. Its analysis of the complex motivations, aspirations and ethical ambiguities arising from the legacy of colonialism is both compelling and certain to prompt productive debate." * David Trigger, University of Queensland

List of Illustrations Preface Introduction Interlude: Studying Benevolence Chapter 1. The Culture of White Anti-racism Chapter 2. Tiwi Long Grassers Chapter 3. Welcome to Country Chapter 4. Mutual Recognition Chapter 5. White Stigma Conclusion References Index

ISBN: 9781782386049
ISBN-10: 1782386041
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 28th February 2015
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.3