Liberal forms of governing Australian Indigenous peoples

McCallum, David (2011) Liberal forms of governing Australian Indigenous peoples. Journal Of Law And Society, 38 (4). pp. 604-630. ISSN 0263-323X


This article considers three different historical events from the point of view of their connections to aspects of the history of liberal political reason: the actions of the British in New South Wales in the early 19th century in their claim to sovereignty over Indigenous lands; the establishment of Aboriginal missions and subsequent removal of Aboriginal children in the early 20th century; and the Northern Territory Emergency Response and suspension of the Australian Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act (1975) early in the 21st century. The aim is to point to gaps between present claims about liberalism and ‘actual existing liberalism’, review the basis for examining accounts of governance deploying ‘authoritarian liberalism’ and ‘race war’ as central concepts, and call into question the Northern Territory campaign as an ‘exceptional’ event.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-6478.2011.00560.x
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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9404 Justice and the Law
Keywords ResPubID23579, governement policies, Australia, Aboriginal communities
Citations in Scopus 8 - View on Scopus
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