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Disruption or transformation? Australian policymaking in the face of Indigenous contestation

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posted on 2017-12-01, 00:00 authored by Lisa Waller, T Dreher, K McCallum
From the Zapatista’s “netwar” to the “hashtag activism” of Idle No More, Indigenous peoples have pioneered digital media for global connectivity and contestation. This chapter explores the promise and the pitfalls of social media for First Nations protest in Australia. Overall, we find new opportunities for disruption and ongoing challenges with regard to significant social and political transformation. The argument is illustrated with two exemplars. Firstly, the “Recognise” campaign is a state-sponsored public information and awareness campaign with a well-developed social media and branding strategy. Dissenting Indigenous voices have been highly successful in disrupting this campaign and asserting an alternative agenda including Treaty and Land Rights. Secondly, the #IASLottery campaign responded to the new Indigenous Advancement Strategy, with less success in impacting policy debates.

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Title of book

Global cultures of contestation : mobility, sustainability, aesthetics & connectivity

Series

Palgrave Studies in Globalisation, Culture and Society

Chapter number

11

Pagination

215 - 240

Publisher

Springer

Place of publication

Berlin, Germany

ISBN-13

9783319639826

ISBN-10

331963982X

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This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologise for any distress that may occur.

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Extent

12

Editor/Contributor(s)

E Peeren, R Celikates, J de Kloet, T Poell

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