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Words and silences : Aboriginal women, politics and land / edited by Peggy Brock
Bib ID 734839
Format BookBook
Description Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2001 
ix, 210 p. : 22 cm. 
ISBN 1864489472 (paperback)
Summary

In struggles over access to land, Aboriginal women's concerns have often remained unacknowledged. Their words - and silences - have been frequently misheard, misunderstood, misrepresented, misused. The controversy about 'secret women's business' in the Hindmarsh Island Bridge conflict has brought this issue to the attention of the general public. How can Aboriginal women assert their claims while protecting, by remaining silent, their culturally sensitive knowledge? How can they prevent their words and silences being misrepresented? Words and Silences explores the barriers confronting Aboriginal women trying to defend their land rights. The contributors to this volume provide insights into the intricacies of Aboriginal social and cultural knowledge, and introduce the reader to different understandings of how the gendered nature of Aboriginal land ownership adds complexity to the cross-cultural encounter. In lively and engaging prose they document the ongoing struggles of Aboriginal women across Australia, who are fighting to ensure they receive due recognition of their rights in land.

Full contents
  • 1. Aboriginal women, politics and land / Peggy Brock
  • 2. 'Speaking what our mothers want us to say': Aboriginal women, land and the Western Women's Council in NSW, 1984-85 / Heather Goodall
  • 3. Seeking justice: Traditions of social action amongst indigenous women in the south west of Western Australia / Pat Baines
  • 4. The silence and power of women / Deborah Bird Rose
  • 5. The word of a woman: Ngarrindjeri stories and a bridge to Hindmarsh Island / Diane Bell
  • 6. Aboriginal women and the Commonwealth Government's response to Mabo: An international human rights perspective / Hannah McGlade
  • 7. Gendered landscapes: The politics and processes of inquiry and negotiating interests in land / Sandy Toussaint, Myrna Tonkinson, David Trigger.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-201).

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure -- Law and legislation.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure.  |  Women, Aboriginal Australian.  |  Law - Land.  |  Sites - Sites of significance.  |  Pitjantjatjara people (C6) (NT SG52-11)  |  Ngarrindjeri / Narrinjeri people (S69) (SA SI54-13)  |  Noongar / Nyungar / Nyungah people (W41) (WA SI50)  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Women.  |  Land rights - Claims, disputes, hearings - Evidence.  |  Mparntwe / Alice Springs (South Central NT SF53-14)  |  Waanyi Garawa / Nicholson River (North NT Barkly Tablelands SE53-08)  |  Djaburluku / Jabiluka (Kakadu, NT SD53-01)  |  Moore River (SW WA SH50-14)  |  Kumarangk / Hindmarsh Island (SE SA SI54-13)  |  Victoria River (North NT SD52, SE52)  |  Gulf of Carpentaria (SD53, SD54, SE54)  |  Kangaroo Island (SE SA SI53-16)
Other authors/contributors Brock, Peggy, 1948-
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