Talkin' Up to the White Woman: Aboriginal Women and Feminism

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University of Queensland Press, 2000 - Social Science - 234 pages
Dr Aileen Moreton-Robinson "talks up" in this provocative interrogation of feminism in representation and practice. As a Geonpul woman and an academic, she provides a unique cultural standpoint and a compelling analysis of the whiteness of Australian feminism and its effect on Indigenous women.

Through an extensive range of articles by non-white scholars and activists, she demonstrates the ways whiteness dominates from a position of power and privilege as an invisible and unchallenged practice. She illustrates the ways in which Indigenous women have been represented through the publications and teachings of white Australian women. Such renderings of Indigenous lives are in contrast to the many examples provided of life writings by Indigenous women themselves.

Persuasive and engaging, Talkin' Up to the White Woman is a timely argument for the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in developing the teachings and practices that impact on Australia's pluralistic society.

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Aileen Moreton-Robinson is the convener in indigenous studies at the school of humanities at Griffith University. She has been involved in the struggle for indigenous rights at local, state, and national levels and has worked for a number of Indigenous organizations. Her writing has been published in Australian and international anthologies and journals.

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