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Robert Lawlor Tells a 'White' Lie


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Rolls, M ORCID: 0000-0003-4198-3771 2000 , 'Robert Lawlor Tells a 'White' Lie' , Journal of Australian Studies, no. 66 , 211-218; 284 to 286 .

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A casual browse through almost any bookshop reveals a growing interest in Aborigines and their cultures, not because of their importance and significance in their own right, but because of their perceived utility in satisfying Western needs and desires. There is hardly a complaint, problem (be they personal or symptomatic of wider issues) or variant of spiritual questing to which elements from Aboriginal cultures have not been applied. Although this work comes wrapped in the spirit of ‘good intentions’, the constructions of Aborigines the authors employ rarely escape the crude notion that they remain a people from and of the past. In this article I look at one of the more popular books that perpetuates this myth, but my primary focus is on how the author misleadingly substantiates his portrayal of Aboriginal peoples. The book poses as a work of serious—if not anthropologically original—scholarship.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rolls, M
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Australian Studies
ISSN: 1444-3058
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