The 'Australian' community: bound for more of the same?

Fiona McAllan

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In this paper I interrogate why a nation grounded with an overarching assumption of a unified community is increasingly being confronted with ruptures, breaches and anomalies when it comes to indigenous inclusion. I search the intersections of current political rhetoric and indigenous relations to uncover an entrenched colonialism in relation to this inclusion. Following Nancy’s notion of partage, which connotes a sharing while sharing out, and the structure of ‘engaging with’ rather than ‘deciding for’, I sketch an originary relation of ethos that questions the material effects of a community homogenously bounded by ownership and entrepreneurialism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-56
Number of pages22
JournalTransforming cultures ejournal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Indigenous sovereignty, colonialism, inclusion/exlcusion, partage, intersubjectivity, community.


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