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Review - Disputed Territories:Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies.


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Rolls, M 2007 , 'Review - Disputed Territories:Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies.' , New Literatures Review, vol. 44 , pp. 80-84 .

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There is much lazy scholarship analysing the fraught territories of land,
culture, and identity, particularly within Australia. Such work seldom
progresses beyond the maxim that since colonisation one culture (usually
homogenised) and its agents has ridden roughshod over another and
continues to do so. Better analytical models and increasing theoretical
sophistication have not led to more complex and nuanced readings ofeither
settlers or the colonised, but to pointed and all too often sanctimonious
exposes of ongoing oppression and further Othering processes. Save for
glib analogies, too little ofthis work is cognisant ofhow (or even where, it
sometimes seems) parallel issues and the accompanying contestations have
been and are being played out. Whilst this exceptional ism and parochial
concern is mostly implicit, it is no less apparent for it.

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Authors/Creators:Rolls, M
Journal or Publication Title: New Literatures Review
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