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dc.contributor.authorBuchan, Bruceen_US
dc.contributor.authorHeath, Maryen_US
dc.contributor.editorStephen Mayen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-04T19:33:18Z
dc.date.available2017-04-04T19:33:18Z
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.modified2009-11-04T06:21:29Z
dc.identifier.issn14687968en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1468796806061077en_AU
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.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSageen_US
dc.publisher.placeThousand Oaks, Californiaen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://etn.sagepub.com/en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom5en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto26en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEthnicitiesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume6en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode360104en_US
dc.titleSavagery and civilisation: From terra nullius to the 'tide of History"en_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciencesen_US
gro.date.issued2006
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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