Boxer Deconstructionist

ANU E Press
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Dislocating the Frontier in Contemporary Australia, 2006, 1, pp. 165 - 176
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A ghost is haunting Australian politics, the ghost of Aboriginal power. Perhaps in the way that Marxism has been a `critical factor in the articulation of world politics, Aboriginal power has been a spectre in white Australian history. And despite all the struggles, the regular announcements of victory, assimilation, `reform or ten point plans, Aboriginal power persists. Marxism, too, continues to haunt the languages we use to analyse politics and history.2 How does one explain the persistence, even the growth of Aboriginal power; the power it uses to unravel those often-held certainties of politics and history?
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