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New Age: New Orthodoxy - The Institutional Authorising of Balderdash


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Rolls, M 2002 , 'New Age: New Orthodoxy - The Institutional Authorising of Balderdash' , Journal of Aboriginal Studies, vol. 1 , pp. 22-34 .

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Over the last decade a growing number of publications propounding the utility for settler-Australians
(and others) of Aboriginal spirituality, other cultural property and identity have emerged. This stream
of material continues to widen and shows no sign of abating. The well publicised and documented
concerns raised by some Aborigines have not constricted the flow. Nor have the various critiques of
academics, literary critics, artists, journalists and a range of other concerned individuals. A reason for
their concern is that much of the work advocating the usefulness to settler-Australians and others of
Aboriginal non-material cultural property is engaged in the practice of exploitative appropriation, not
mutually enriching cultural exchange. Various qualities are assigned to Aborigines according to
whatever needs they are being asked to address. Their cultural property, wrenched from the context in
which its meaning is gained, is disfigured into desirous attributes which are declared to be an essence
of indigenous cultural authenticity.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rolls, M
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Aboriginal Studies
ISSN: 0958529728
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