Rethinking Settler Colonialism focuses on the long history of contact between indigenous peoples and the white colonial communities who settled in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.
In each of these countries these communities were displaced, marginalised and sometimes subjected to attempted genocide through the colonial process. Recently these groups have renewed their claims for greater political representation and autonomy. The essays and artwork in this book insist that an understanding of the political and cultural institutions and practices which shaped settler-colonial societies in the past can provide important insights into how this legacy of unequal rights can be contested in the present.
It will be of interest to those studying the effects of colonial powers on indigenous populations, and the legacies of imperial rule in postcolonial societies.
List of figures * Notes on contributors * Acknowledgements * Introduction: Memory and history in settler colonialism
Annie E. Coombes * Artists pages: Lisa Reihana, Berni Searle and Brook Andrew * Part I: Colonial culture: institutions and practices * Active Remembrance: Testimony, memoir and the work of reconciliation
Gillian Whitlock * Solly Sachs, the Great Trek and Jan van Riebeeck: Settler pasts and racial identities in the Garment Workers Union, 1938-52
* From prisoners to exhibits: representations of 'Bushmen' of the Northern Cape, 1880-1900
Martin Legassick * Part II: The ordering of culture: new nations for old * Taonga, Marae,Whenua - Negotiating custodianship: a Maori tribal response to Te Papa: Museum of New Zealand
Paul Tapsell * Aucklands centrepiece: unsettled identities, unstable monuments
* Show times: de-celebrating the Canadian nation, decolonising the Canadian Museum. 1967-92
Ruth B. Phillips * The uses of Captain Cook: early exploration in the public history of Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia
Nicholas Thomas * Selective memory: the British Empire Exhibition and national histories of art
Christine Boyanoski * Part III: Engagement and resistance * Challenging the myth of indigenous peoples ‘last stand in Canada and Australia: public discourse and the conditions of silence
Elizabeth Furniss * Being Indian the South African way: the development of Indian identity in 1940s Durban
Parvathi Raman * An education in White brutality: Anthony Martin Fernando and Australian Aboriginal rights in global context
Fiona Paisley * Part IV: New subjectivities and the politics of reconciliation * New World poetics of place: along the Oregon Trail and in the National Museum of Australia
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