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Staircases, pyramids and poisons: the immunitary paradigm in the works of Noel Pearson and Peter Sutton

Neale, Timothy 2013, Staircases, pyramids and poisons: the immunitary paradigm in the works of Noel Pearson and Peter Sutton, Continuum: journal of media & cultural studies, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 177-192, doi: 10.1080/10304312.2013.766317.

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Title Staircases, pyramids and poisons: the immunitary paradigm in the works of Noel Pearson and Peter Sutton
Author(s) Neale, TimothyORCID iD for Neale, Timothy orcid.org/0000-0003-4703-5801
Journal name Continuum: journal of media & cultural studies
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Start page 177
End page 192
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1030-4312
1469-3666
Summary The recent focus on the category of culture provoked by Peter Sutton's The Politics of Suffering (2009) has revived questions of the meaning and utility of indigenous alterity in Australia. The end of the liberal consensus, contemporary with a declared end of ideology in Australian Indigenous† public policy, has been doubled in post-ethnic academic work harbouring a renewed suspicion of what Dombrowski (2010, 21: 129-140) has called indigeneity's distinctive sympathy. Within a cultural economy of commensurability, the fact that political claims are often contingent on the indigenous people themselves maintaining sufficient alterity to warrant the special treatment afforded them is taken by some as proof of voluntarism and bad faith. In order to gauge this immanent reorientation of indigeneity in Australia, this paper surveys the works of two prominent figures in policy debates-the anthropologist Peter Sutton and indigenous public intellectual Noel Pearson-who have both argued that remote Indigenous communities suffer from a cultural pathology. This paper presents a conceptual critique of their popular press works between 2000 and 2011. Within the context of post-ethnic government policy after self-determination and scholarship after identity, this paper contends that we are witnessing the (re)appearance of an equalitarian humanism which proposes, following Esposito [2008 (Orig. pub. 2004)], to immunize indigenous polities and the settler-colonial state against the historical frames and alterity of indigeneity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10304312.2013.766317
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
1902 Film, Television And Digital Media
2001 Communication And Media Studies
2002 Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
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