Race, reconciliation, and justice in Australia: from denial to acknowledgment

McMillan, M and Rigney, S 2018, 'Race, reconciliation, and justice in Australia: from denial to acknowledgment', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 759-777.

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Title Race, reconciliation, and justice in Australia: from denial to acknowledgment
Author(s) McMillan, M
Rigney, S
Year 2018
Journal name Ethnic and Racial Studies
Volume number 41
Issue number 4
Start page 759
End page 777
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The harm perpetrated by the state of Australia against it Indigenous peoples has been structured, prolonged, and driven by race. In this paper, we conceptualize this harm and how it has been denied (and particularly how race has affected this harm and its denial). Although transitional justice literature has not traditionally been applied to an established democracy like Australia, we demonstrate why it is appropriate to apply transitional justice practices to the relationship between the Australian state and Indigenous peoples, and what transitional justice practices might provide in the Australian case. In particular, we argue that a transitional justice framework may allow Indigenous voices to name the harm inflicted on them, and position the state as acknowledging the harm that they have perpetrated-bringing a fundamentally new relationship between the state and Indigenous peoples.
Subject Race and Ethnic Relations
Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Keyword(s) harm
Indigenous peoples
transitional justice
DOI - identifier 10.1080/01419870.2017.1340653
Copyright notice © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN 0141-9870
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