Aboriginal Identity: Aboriginal Identity

Daniela Negruta, Benjamin Shanaka Bendtsen, Simon Melander, Egle Viktorija Pelegrimaite & Federico D'Ascanio

Student thesis: Basic Project

Abstract

Our paper aims to investigate the complexities of the identity of Australian Aboriginals. The colonization of Australia made by the British Empire had a great influence on the indigenous population and not necessarily in a good way. Even though it is not widely known, Aboriginals have been suppressed in the past by the colonizers and this phenomenon is unfortunately still present in the contemporary Australian society. In this context, we are going to examine this subject through analyzing the book Talking to my country written by Stan Grant, a famous Aboriginal journalist who experienced himself the consequences of colonialism in Australia. The analysis is going to be constituted of multiple life episodes of different Aboriginals described in the book, which will interfere with themes such as colonialism, whiteness and racism. The paper will end with a discussion about reconciliation as a possibility to bring back respect and recognition to Australian Aboriginals.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
LanguageEnglish
Publication date29 May 2017
Number of pages358
SupervisorsLars Jensen

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Aboriginal
  • Australian Aboriginal
  • Colonialism
  • Post-colonialism
  • Whiteness
  • Racism
  • Reconciliation
  • Stan Grant
  • Talking to my country