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ERIC Number: EJ854672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0743-0167
Frontier Imaginings and Subversive Indigenous Spatialities
Prout, Sarah; Howitt, Richard
Journal of Rural Studies, v25 n4 p396-403 Oct 2009
One of the most powerful and enduring aspects of publicly projected Anglo-Australian national identities is part of what [Howitt, R., 2001. Frontiers borders, edges: liminal challenges to the hegemony of exclusion. Australian Geographical Studies 39, 233-245.] has referred to as frontier imaginings: the carving out of the Australian physical and socio-cultural landscape into familiar, settled, and productive spaces. These frontier imaginaries have been leveraged to exact social control and "zealously order rural space" [Philo, C., 1992. Neglected rural geographies: a review. Journal of Rural Studies 8, 193-207, 197]. Government policy has historically been imbued with frontier imaginaries, privileging population movements that are constructed as appropriately bounded, and disciplining those which are not. Much Indigenous mobility falls into the latter category. This paper tells a story of competing rationalities about the purpose and nature of rural "settlement", both past and present, and the implications of these rationalities for contemporary Indigenous population dynamics. In so doing, it creates a discursive space for examining the cultural content and hidden assumptions in constructions of appropriate "settlement patterns". Ultimately, it speaks of spatial struggles across the Australian geographical and temporal landscape. It also opens windows onto the fragile geographies of co-existence that need to be engaged with to shift the discourses of rural livelihood and well being toward discourses of accommodation, recognition and sustainable ways of being together.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia