Gendering Aboriginalism: A performative gaze on Indigenous Australian women

Barney, Katelyn (2010) Gendering Aboriginalism: A performative gaze on Indigenous Australian women. Cultural Studies Review, 16 1: 212-239.

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Author Barney, Katelyn
Title Gendering Aboriginalism: A performative gaze on Indigenous Australian women
Journal name Cultural Studies Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1837-8692
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 212
End page 239
Total pages 28
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Melbourne University Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract One of the most common Aboriginalist representations of Indigenous Australian people is, as Indigenous female performer Lou Bennett points out, ‘basically a man, out in the desert, black skin, flat nose with a lap-lap on, standing on one leg, resting against a spear’. Her comment raises many issues. In what ways are discourses of Aboriginalism gendered? How does Aboriginalism affect performance and specifically Aboriginal women performers? In exploring these questions, I examine Aboriginalist representations of Aboriginal women performers by white male scholars and the role of women anthropologists in the production of Aboriginalist discourse about Aboriginal women. Drawing on interviews with Indigenous women performers and musical examples of their songs, I explore the impact of Aboriginalism on non-Indigenous expectations of Indigenous Australian women performing in contemporary music contexts, the strategies performers use to work within and against these constructions and my own relationship to Aboriginalism. © Copyright UTS Library
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Additional Notes first online only issue of this title. Previous volumes also issued in print.

Document type: Journal Article
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