In December 1997| in a small town in rural Australia| a fight broke out among local Aborigines that turned into a full-blown riot when police intervened in force. In “Blackfellas| Whitefellas| and the Hidden Injuries of Race| ” anthropologist Gillian Cowlishaw uses this vivid incident as a means of launching a larger discussion about race| identity| and racialized violence.
Brings indigenous Australians into the contemporary global race discourse in a lively| highly readable ethnography.
Explores the local and national meanings of a race riot in Australia and the entrenched racial binary evident in everyday relationships.
Raises questions about history| memory| citizenship| respect| and abjection as means of considering the politics| social science| and psychology of race rivalry and indigenous marginality.
Written by a prominent scholar with clarity| verve| and accessibility both for beginners and those well-versed in contemporary debates.