Journal article

Recognise what? The limitations of settler colonial constitutional reform

Sarah Maddison

Australian Journal of Political Science | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017


n settler colonial societies such as Australia, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have turned to constitutional reform as a means of addressing historical exclusions and colonial injustice. In practice, however, the promise of constitutionalism has revealed clear limits. This article explores these limits in the context of the current Australian campaign for the constitutional ‘recognition’ of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, where the loudest dissenting voices have come from Indigenous people themselves. In light of this, this article proposes a more agonistic engagement of diverse and dissenting opinions, with a view to opening up a more radical, decolonising space fo..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Australian Research Council [grant number FT100100253].