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The White PossessiveProperty, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty$
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Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692149

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692149.001.0001

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The Legacy of Cook’s Choice

The Legacy of Cook’s Choice

(p.109) 8 The Legacy of Cook’s Choice
The White Possessive

Aileen Moreton-Robinson

University of Minnesota Press

In chapter eight, I examine how Captain James Cook took possession of Australia. I reveal how Cook, as the embodiment of patriarchal white sovereignty, willed away the sovereignty of Indigenous peoples by placing them in and of nature as property-less subjects to claim the land as terra nullius.

Keywords:   Indigenous sovereignty, Possessive logics, Patriarchal white sovereignty

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