Asking after selves : knowledge and settler-indigenous conflict resolution

Brigg, Morgan James (2005). Asking after selves : knowledge and settler-indigenous conflict resolution PhD Thesis, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author Brigg, Morgan James
Thesis Title Asking after selves : knowledge and settler-indigenous conflict resolution
School, Centre or Institute School of Political Science and International Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Roland Bleiker
Anne Brown
Total pages 280
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subjects L
360100 Political Science
Formatted abstract

Complex and challenging political problems and conflicts continue to pervade relations between Settler and Indigenous peoples. This thesis addresses these dynamics by developing an approach for analysing and advancing intercultural conflict resolution in the Australian Settler-Indigenous context. To do so, I foreground ethico-political questions of knowing across cultural difference, and elaborate an approach using the knowing subject as a key methodological resource. By conceiving and practicing selves as unfolding ensembles that can become different while continuing to be what they are, I demonstrate that knowers can connect with, and become susceptible and responsive to, cultural difference. In this approach my professional and personal experiences as a mediator with Aboriginal people become a resource for analysing and engaging relations of cultural governance. I show that conflict resolution subordinates non-Western cultures and selves to Christian-derived quasi-transcendental governance and knowledge schemes of the West. In addition, I demonstrate that this governance operates through liberal "freedom" and the (self-) constitution and regulation of participants in mediation. I nevertheless argue that possibilities for fissuring this governance lie with the susceptibility of selves and the interaction and exchange of political ontologies in mediation. I show that Aboriginal political ontology can work within and against the liberal Settler-Colonial order, potentially to advance Australian intercultural conflict resolution. This thesis therefore shows that asking after selves is promising for addressing the challenge of Settler-Indigenous relations in both knowledge production and conflict resolution.  

Keyword Conflict management -- Cross-cultural studies
Aboriginal Australians -- Civil rights
Australia -- Race relations
Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations

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