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Australian Indigeous Studies Books

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Reverse Shots - Wendy Gay Pearson & Susan Knabe (Eds)
ISBN: 9781554583355
Publication Date: 2014
The introduction provides a critical overview of the current state of Indigenous film and media and of academic work in this new, but rapidly growing, area of study. It summarises the history of the field and, more importantly, points to the diverse directions taken both by Indigenous film and media makers and by contemporary Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic approaches.

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Australian settler colonialism & the Cummeragunja aboriginal station: redrawing boundaries - Fiona Davis
ISBN: 1845196082
Publication Date: 2014
In 1938, the anthropologist Norman Tindale gave a classroom of young Aboriginal children a set of crayons and asked them to draw. The children, residents of the government-run Aboriginal station Cummeragunja, mostly drew pictures of aspects of white civilization boats, houses and flowers. What now to make of their artwork? ...

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Aboriginal Ways of Using English - Diana Eades
ISBN: 9781922059260
Publication Date: 2013
Written by one of the pioneers of the field of forensic linguistics, this collection presents 30 years of research and writings that focus on the distinct dialect of English spoken in Australia known as Aboriginal English.

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Australian Aboriginal Art - Marie Geissler
ISBN: 9781864704846
Publication Date: 2013
This publication represents a generalist overview of Aboriginal culture with references provided to assist in developing a wider understanding of the subject. Its focus is the two-dimensional painted surface and the contemporary work of Aboriginal artists from remote Australia.

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Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment - Thalia Anthony
ISBN: 9780415668446
Publication Date: 2013
Focusing largely on Australian Indigenous peoples, but referring also to the Canadian and New Zealand experiences, Thalia Anthony critically analyses how the judiciary have interpreted Indigenous difference. Through an analysis of Indigenous sentencing decisions and remarks over a 50 year period in a number of jurisdictions, the book demonstrates how discretion is moulded to cultural assumptions about Indigeneity.

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Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature - Wheeler (Ed)
ISBN: 9781571135216
Publication Date: 2013
Australian Aboriginal literature, once relegated to the margins of Australian literary studies, now receives both national and international attention. Not only has the number of published texts by contemporary Australian Aboriginals risen sharply, but scholars and publishers have also recently begun recovering earlier published and unpublished Indigenous works.



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