Time, indigeneity and white anti-racism in Australia

Kowal, Emma 2015, Time, indigeneity and white anti-racism in Australia, Australian journal of anthropology, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 94-111, doi: 10.1111/taja.12122.

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Title Time, indigeneity and white anti-racism in Australia
Author(s) Kowal, EmmaORCID iD for Kowal, Emma orcid.org/0000-0003-3866-3224
Journal name Australian journal of anthropology
Volume number 26
Issue number 1
Start page 94
End page 111
Total pages 18
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-04
ISSN 1035-8811
Keyword(s) Time
Summary Time is one mechanism through which Indigenous-modern dichotomies are created and maintained and an enduring trope of difference in the settler-colonial imaginary. This article explores the strange temporality of indigeneity within 'progressive' discourses in Australia. Taking Johannes Fabian's concept of 'allochronism' as a point of departure, and drawing on ethnography of non-Indigenous people working in Indigenous health in the Northern Territory, I show how there is a kind of cultural Lamarckianism in operation. 'Western' individuals are seen to inherit the cumulative cultural knowledge, acquired over centuries, of germ theory and responsible alcohol consumption. By contrast, Indigenous people are seen to struggle with banking and infectious diseases because they have not had sufficient time to develop the appropriate cultural knowledge. Through the anthropomorphising of culture and the culturalisation of individuals, the Indigenous person/culture becomes the 40,000-year history of human occupation of the continent. I point to the limits of this settler-colonial imaginary and potential alternatives.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/taja.12122
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
1601 Anthropology
2102 Curatorial And Related Studies
2103 Historical Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID ARC DE120100394
Copyright notice ©2015, Australian Anthropological Society
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