Building an economy and building a nation: Gugu Badhun self-determination as prefigurative resistance

Petray, Theresa L., and Gertz, Janine (2018) Building an economy and building a nation: Gugu Badhun self-determination as prefigurative resistance. Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, 12 (1).

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Indigenous peoples around the world are increasingly claiming and exercising sovereignty and self-determination. One important method for this is through economic development, but this raises tensions between Indigenous values and those of the market-place. While this tension is real, we argue that economic development which is underpinned by Aboriginal values is an act of prefigurative resistance and helps nations move towards self-determination. Based on ethnographic research with the Gugu Badhun Aboriginal nation, we explore theories of recognition and anticolonialism through economic development processes. The experience of Gugu Badhun indicates that a contemporary Aboriginal economy can have very different values to those of neoliberalism, but also demonstrate that this is a slow process that must be built on a firm cultural foundation. In so doing, Gugu Badhun are navigating the tensions and working through them in a process of self-determination in action.

Item ID: 55715
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1835-2340
Keywords: Aboriginal, sovereignty, self-determination, economic development, Indigenous nation-building
Copyright Information: Copyright © Global Media Journal - Australian Edition.
Funders: JCU Rising Star Award
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2018 23:39
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4505 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community > 450505 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and regional development @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441004 Social change @ 60%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 100%
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