Silencing of voice : representations of women in indigenous Australia

Swan, Isla (2001). Silencing of voice : representations of women in indigenous Australia Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Swan, Isla
Thesis Title Silencing of voice : representations of women in indigenous Australia
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2001
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor John Bradley
Total pages 82
Language eng
Subjects L
200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
220306 Feminist Theory
Formatted abstract

Indigenous women have endured a constant definition and re-definition of their perceived roles and status in Aboriginal culture and society. Since the advent of feminist anthropology in the 1980s, indigenous women were once again subjected to various investigations about their livelihood. While debunking many myths of a 'profane', 'slave' or 'subordinate' woman, these feminist interpretations continued a 'silencing of voice'. Black feminist arguments are increasingly challenging 'white' feminism and their assumed right to represent the voices of their 'black sisters'. Contestations from indigenous women, claim that fighting racial oppression comes before the white feminist preoccupation with a gendered oppression. For indigenous women in this 'postcolonial' Australia, the ability to articulate their own identities is necessary if they are to stand by their indigenous men and fight racism together.

Keyword Indigenous women -- Political activity
Indigenous women -- Social conditions
Women's rights

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