The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?

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Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016 - Aboriginal Australians - 294 pages
This award-winning work explores the complexities surrounding contemporary Aboriginal identity. Drawing on a range of historical and research literature, interviews and surveys, The Politics of Identity explores Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal understandings of Aboriginality and the way these concepts are produced and reproduced across a range of sites and contexts. Carlson discusses the multiple, yet narrow definitions of Aboriginal identity that have existed throughout Australia's colonial history and its continuing impact upon contemporary Aboriginal identities. Emphasizing Indigenous debates and claims about Aboriginality, the work explores both the community and external tensions around appropriate measures of identity and the pressures and effects of identification.

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About the author (2016)

Bronwyn Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born and lives on D'harawal Country in NSW Australia. She is the first Indigenous Australian at the University of Wollongong to be granted an Australian Research Council, Discovery Indigenous Award in 2014. She is currently an Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Wollongong.

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