In the Age of Mabo: History, Aborigines and Australia
Publication Date 1 Jan 1996
OverviewThe 1992 High Court's Mabo decision has provoked much controversy in contemporary Australia. As the ruling has increasingly become the subject of intense debate throughout the community, the implications of Mabo have shifted from the law to history, politics and culture. By analysing the historical dimensions of Mabo, this book reflects on its profound cultural and political significance. It suggests how the High Court's ruling was determined by the interpretation offered by historical scholarship. And it considers how Mabo in its turn represents a new historical narrative which affects the way we conceive of Australia and the relationship between indigenous and settler Australians. Mabo was underpinned by the emergence of a new field of knowledge called 'Aboriginal history.' This book discusses the far-reaching outcomes of Aborigines presenting their histories, not only for the law and the disciplines of history, archaeology, and anthrpology, but also for the politics of identity. In The Age Of Mabo assesses how the Aboriginal past is represented in a range of national discourses, and the importance Aboriginality thus has for debates about nationhood and national identity in the context of the republic. Bain Attwood is a senior lecturer in History at Monash University and author of The Making Of The Aborigines. Among the book's contributors are leading historians, archaeologists and anthropologists: Deborah Bird Rose, Henry Reynolds, Tim Murray, John Morton, Andrew Markus, Rosemary Hunter and Richard Broome.
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