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The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty

Aileen Moreton-Robinson


The White Possessive explores the links between race, sovereignty, and possession through themes of property: owning property, being property, and becoming propertyless. Focusing on the Australian Aboriginal context, Aileen Moreton-Robinson questions current race theory in the first world and its preoccupation with foregrounding slavery and migration. The nation, she argues, is socially and culturally constructed as a white possession. Moreton-Robinson reveals how the core values of Australian national identity continue to have roots in Britishness and colonization, built on the disavowal of I ... More

Keywords: Indigenous sovereignty, Possessive logics, Patriarchal white sovereignty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816692149
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692149.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aileen Moreton-Robinson, author