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dc.contributor.authorBuchan, B
dc.contributor.authorHeath, M
dc.contributor.editorStephen May
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:24:39Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:24:39Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.date.modified2009-11-04T06:21:29Z
dc.identifier.issn1468-7968
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1468796806061077
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/13684
dc.description.abstractThis article argues that the colonization of Australia was justified by denying that Indigenous peoples possessed recognizable societies, law, property rights or sovereignty. This denial, in turn, rests upon the supposition that Indigenous Australians were living in a 'savage', pre-civilized state: the state of nature of liberal theory. Such concepts, deeply embedded in western political thought, informed the view that Australia was a terra nullius or unowned land. Consequently, the contrast between 'savagery' and its counterpart, 'civilization' formed a critical element of colonial arguments that Australia could be colonized without either a war of 'conquest', or making a treaty. We argue here that more than 14 years after the rejection of terra nullius in Australian law, its legacy and the assumptions that underpinned it persist in the concepts more recent debates deploy as well as in the concept of terra nullius that some of these debates rehabilitate.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSage
dc.publisher.placeThousand Oaks, California
dc.publisher.urihttp://etn.sagepub.com/
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom5
dc.relation.ispartofpageto26
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEthnicities
dc.relation.ispartofvolume6
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHuman society
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLanguage, communication and culture
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode44
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode47
dc.titleSavagery and civilisation: From terra nullius to the 'tide of History"
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
gro.date.issued2006
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorBuchan, Bruce A.


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