Biopolitics meets Terrapolitics: Political Ontologies and Governance in Settler-Colonial Australia

Brigg, Morgan (2007) Biopolitics meets Terrapolitics: Political Ontologies and Governance in Settler-Colonial Australia.

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Title Biopolitics meets Terrapolitics: Political Ontologies and Governance in Settler-Colonial Australia
Abstract/Summary Crises persist in Australian Indigenous affairs because current policy approaches do not address the intersection of Indigenous and European political worlds. This paper responds to this challenge by providing a heuristic device for delineating Settler and Indigenous Australian political ontologies and considering their interaction. It first evokes Settler and Aboriginal ontologies as respectively biopolitical (focused through life) and terrapolitical (focused through land). These ideal types help to identify important differences that inform current governance challenges. The paper discusses the entwinement of these traditions as a story of biopolitical dominance wherein Aboriginal people are governed as an “included-exclusion” within the Australian political community. Despite the overall pattern of dominance, this same entwinement offers possibilities for exchange between biopolitics and terrapolitics, and hence for breaking the recurrent crises of Indigenous affairs.
Keyword Indigenous Affairs
Political Ontology
Governance
Biopolitics
Indigenous Australians
Settler-Colonialism
Date 2007-02-08
Subjects 360101 Australian Government and Politics
370103 Race and Ethnic Relations
Author Brigg, Morgan
Open Access Status Other

 
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Created: Thu, 08 Feb 2007, 15:42:56 EST by Morgan James Brigg on behalf of Research Management Office