Governing natives: Indirect rule and settler colonialism in Australia's north

Governing natives: Indirect rule and settler colonialism in Australia's north

by Ben Silverstein


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In the 1930s, a series of crises transformed relationships between settlers and Aboriginal people in Australia’s Northern Territory. By the late 1930s, Australian settlers were coming to understand the Northern Territory as a colonial formation requiring a new form of government. Responding to crises of social reproduction, public power, and legitimacy, they re-thought the scope of settler colonial government by drawing on both the art of indirect rule and on a representational economy of Indigenous elimination to develop a new political dispensation that sought to incorporate and consume Indigenous production and sovereignties. This book locates Aboriginal history within imperial history, situating the settler colonial politics of Indigeneity in a broader governmental context.

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ISBN-13: 9781784995263
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ben Silverstein is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of History at The Australian National University

Table of Contents

Note on terms
1 Strehlow’s problem: colonial transformations and a governmental event
2 The political organisation of the British in their Empire, 1875–1939: transforming indirect rule
3 Reporting on the northern contradiction: conflict and crisis, 1918–45
4 Thomson in Canberra: anthropologising Aborigines
5 Native administration in the northern territory: a white minority in the national community
6 From a white Australia to an Aboriginal New Deal
7 The long march: work and the ends of settler colonialism
8 Never yet: the tense of citizenship

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