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"The white man never wanna hear nothin about what's different from him" : representations of law's 'other' in Australian literature, (electronic resource)

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"The white man never wanna hear nothin about what's different from him" : representations of law's 'other' in Australian literature
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"The white man never wanna hear nothin about what's different from him"
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representations of law's 'other' in Australian literature
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eng
Summary
"Law controls our everyday. It regulates our lives. It tells us what is and is not acceptable behaviour, it confers and protects our rights, and it punishes us for our indiscretions. But law does much more than this. It creates normative standards which shape the way people are treated and the way that we relate to each other and to society generally. The law defines people. It constructs identity. And it creates the 'other'. This is a legacy of positivism's insistance on identifying that which is 'inside' law, and so accorded legitimacy and that which is not. That which does not conform to law's constructed standards and values is identified as 'other' and marginalised and silenced. In this thesis, I demonstrate the way that the law constructs 'other', in particular, the Aboriginal 'other'. I consider the way that Aborigines have been defined by the law to show the consequences that this has had for Aboriginal people beyond the purely legal. I argue that law's construction of Aboriginality has contributed to the marginalisation of Aboriginal people and their exclusion from many aspects of the legal and the social, and that it has silenced them within the dominant domain, denying them the ability to challenge the wrongs perpetrated against them. I examine these issues through the medium of literature. I argue that literature's contribution to exposing, critiquing and challenging law's construction of 'other' is invaluable. It informs the reader about the way that the law has treated Aboriginal people and more generally, about the structures and limitations of our positivist legal system. It thereby contributes to the community's perception and understanding of the way the law works, and the impact that it has on the lives of its subjects. Perhaps most importantly, it also educates towards social change and reform" [Taken from abstract]
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Sidebotham, Naomi
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  • Mabo, Edward
  • Western Australia.
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Law
  • Law and literature
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"The white man never wanna hear nothin about what's different from him" : representations of law's 'other' in Australian literature, (electronic resource)
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http://wwwlib.murdoch.edu.au/adt/browse/view/adt-MU20090318.172325
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Contents
Questions of law and literature -- Regulating the social: the role and force of law; Inclusion and exclusion: the boundaries of law; Literature: what is it and why is it useful; Ways of reading -- Terra Nullius -- An empty land; 'The miserablest race on earth': stories of 'primitives', dispossession and the founding of a nation; Mabo and the fiction of Terra Nullius: retelling stories of dispossession -- The rule of law -- 'All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others'; equality under the rule of law; "These stories cry out to be heard": 'My Place', 'Benang' and the '1905 Aborigines Act'; Sorry; Conclusion; References
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"The white man never wanna hear nothin about what's different from him" : representations of law's 'other' in Australian literature, (electronic resource)
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http://wwwlib.murdoch.edu.au/adt/browse/view/adt-MU20090318.172325
Publication
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Title from document (viewed 28/10/10)
Contents
Questions of law and literature -- Regulating the social: the role and force of law; Inclusion and exclusion: the boundaries of law; Literature: what is it and why is it useful; Ways of reading -- Terra Nullius -- An empty land; 'The miserablest race on earth': stories of 'primitives', dispossession and the founding of a nation; Mabo and the fiction of Terra Nullius: retelling stories of dispossession -- The rule of law -- 'All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others'; equality under the rule of law; "These stories cry out to be heard": 'My Place', 'Benang' and the '1905 Aborigines Act'; Sorry; Conclusion; References
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