Aboriginal colonial history and the (un)happy object of reconciliation

Palmer, Jane and Pocock, Celmara (2019) Aboriginal colonial history and the (un)happy object of reconciliation. Cultural Studies. ISSN 0950-2386

Abstract

Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia is defined officially as consisting of ‘two-way relationships built on trust and respect’, recognition and acceptance of rights, histories and cultures, and institutional and community support for ‘all dimensions’ of reconciliation. We suggest, after Alexandre Da Costa (2016), that the burden of supporting reconciliation is borne differentially by Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples; it is seen by the latter as an apparently ‘happy object’ in Sara Ahmed’s sense, but as an ‘unhappy object’ for many Aboriginal Australians, who have argued that it requires first a process of makarrata or peace-making. Traditionally this has included some reciprocal pain for perpetrators, and we suggest here that the desire of many Aboriginal people to develop a public heritage of massacre sites and former ‘fringe camps’ offers an opportunity for non-Indigenous people to take hold of, and hold onto, a prickly and difficult past as part of a process of makarrata.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 14 April 2019. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst Version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 04:44
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 05:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: reconciliation; Australian Aboriginal peoples; makarrata; happy objects; Aboriginal heritage; reparation
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2019.1602153
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36291

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