Race matters because racism remains. While Aboriginal people live in an unprecedented time of formal equality, their conditions of life are still starkly different from those of most other Australians. Prejudice and social marginalisation are still everyday experiences, despite official multicultural policies. And recognition of the rights of Australia's indigenous people is still not forthcoming. These articles explores the double burden of racial discrimination and the denial of indigenous rights that Australian Aboriginal people continue to carry.
With increasing speed, the emerging discipline of critical Indigenous studies is expanding and demarcating its territory from Indigenous studies through the work of a new generation of Indigenous scholars. Critical Indigenous Studies makes an important contribution to this expansion, disrupting the certainty of disciplinary knowledge produced in the twentieth century, when studying Indigenous peoples was primarily the domain of non-Indigenous scholars.
This book offers a ground-breaking critique of the concept of 'tradition' as it has been applied in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context. The authors offer a refreshing new style of analysis. In writing that is rich in detail, strong in analysis and informed by their research experience, they argue for a deeper appreciation of the creativity inherent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social life, and the way that knowledge is constructed and deployed in complex intercultural contexts in contemporary Australia.