Journal article

Indigenous identity, 'authenticity' and the structural violence of settler colonialism

Sarah Maddison

IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2013

Abstract

In many ways, the structural violence of settler colonialism continues to dominate the lived experience of Indigenous populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in contemporary Australia. One aspect of this structural violence concerns the regulation of Indigenous identity, today perpetuated through state monitoring of the 'authenticity' of Aboriginal people. This article argues that the contest over Indigenous identity perpetuates a form of symbolic political violence against Indigenous people. It considers the ways in which structural violence against Indigenous identity has featured in Australia's settler colonial regime and examines the particular violence faced..

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