Customary Appropriations

Fiona Jane McAllan

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Fiona McAllan argues in '"Customary" Appropriations' that we need to be aware of and challenge the way 'colonising relations with [Australian] Indigenous peoples' have continued well into contemporary times. Specifically McAllan outlines how 'morality-imbued and white paternalist notions of self-determinism and re-articulations of legitimised histories, entwined with neoliberalist idealogies' have been and are still being used within Australia to legitimate 'colonising practices'. This, she argues, needs to be challenged, and she suggests that one way to do this might be through a re-examination of the risky inter-subjectivity inherent in perspectivism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
JournalBorderlands ejournal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • appropriations
  • interrelatedness
  • response-ability
  • sovereignty
  • perspectivism


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