The Politics of Identity: who counts as Aboriginal today?

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In this award-winning work Carlson explores the complexities surrounding Aboriginal identity today. Drawing on a range of historical and research literature, interviews and surveys, The politics of identity explores Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal understandings of Aboriginality and the way these are produced and reproduced across a range of sites and contexts. Emphasising Indigenous debates and claims about Aboriginality, The politics of identity explores both the community and external tensions around appropriate measures of identity and the pressures and effects of identification. An analysis of online Indigenous communities on social media that have emerged as sites of contestation adds to the growing knowledge in this area, both nationally and globally. This is a brave and personal contribution to the often vexed subject of Aboriginal identity and offers a distinctive and fresh line of analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherAboriginal Studies Press
Number of pages294
ISBN (Electronic)9781922059994, 9781922059970, 9781922059987
ISBN (Print)9781922959963
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Aboriginal
  • identity
  • politics of identity
  • Indigenous


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