Many Australians are hungry for answers to Indigenous disadvantage. In recent years, anthropologists have been among those who have proposed solutions. This latest offering is from Diane Austin-Broos, professor emerita at the University of Sydney and long-time ethnographer of the Ntaria (Hermannsburg) community in Central Australia. In it she attempts to outline the debates about Indigenous people both inside and outside the academy over the last two decades. She presents these debates through the prism of anthropology, the discipline that has the longest association with Indigenous Australians, but one that some would suggest has had little influence on Indigenous policy-making in recent years. In fact, Austin-Broos attributes the fierce and sometimes bitter debates in the last decade to the vacuum created by the discipline’s silence in the public sphere, a void readily filled by ‘shock jocks’ and right-wing think tanks eager to criticise the guiding principles of the self-determination era.
Emma Kowal reviews 'A Different Inequality: The politics of debate about remote Aboriginal Australia' by Diane Austin-Broos
A Different Inequality: The politics of debate about remote Aboriginal Australia
by Diane Austin-Broos
Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 224 pp, 9781742370491
Read the rest of this article by subscribing to ABR Online for as little as $10 a month. We offer a range of subscription options, including print, which can be found by clicking here. If you are already a subscriber, enter your username and password in the ‘Log In’ section in the top right-hand corner of the screen. If you require assistance, contact us or consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Emma Kowal is a cultural anthropologist of white anti-racism and Indigenous governance in Australia. She is a research fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and is writing a book about non-Indigenous people who work in Indigenous affairs: Caught in the Gap: The Cultural Politics of White Anti-Racism.
Leave a comment
Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.
NB: If you are an ABR Online subscriber or contributor, you will need to login to ABR Online in order to post a comment. If you have forgotten your login details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.