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Uncanny Australia : sacredness and identity in a postcolonial nation / Ken Gelder and Jane M. Jacobs
Bib ID 1794056
Format BookBook
Author
Gelder, Kenneth
 
Description Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1998 
xvii, 163 p. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 0522848168 (paperback)
Summary

Aboriginal claims for sacredness in modern Australia may seem like minor events, but they have radically disturbed the nation's image of itself. Minorities appear to have too much influence; majorities suddenly feel embattled. What once seemed familiar can now seem disconcertingly unfamiliar, a condition Ken Gelder and Jane M. Jacobs diagnose as 'uncanny'. In Uncanny Australia Gelder and Jacobs show how Aboriginal claims for sacredness radiate out to affect the fortunes, and misfortunes, of the modern nation. They look at Coronation Hill, Hindmarsh Island, Uluru and the repatriation of sacred objects; they examine secret business in public places, promiscuous sacred sites, ghosts and bunyips, cartographic nostalgia, reconciliation and democracy, postcolonial racism and New Age enchantments. "Uncanny Australia" offers a new way of understanding how the Aboriginal sacred inhabits the modern nation.

Notes

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 153-158.

Subjects National characteristics, Australian.  |  Holy, The.  |  Sacred space.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Religion.  |  Postcolonialism.  |  Stories and motifs - Ghosts.  |  Sites - Sites of significance.  |  Culture - Relationship to land.  |  Social identity - Aboriginality.  |  Australia -- History -- 20th century.  |  Australia.
Other authors/contributors Jacobs, J. M. (Jane Margaret)

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