In December 1997, in a small town in rural Australia, a fight brokeout among local Aborigines that turned into a full-blown riot whenpolice intervened in force. In Blackfellas, Whitefellas, and theHidden Injuries of Race, anthropologist Gillian Cowlishaw usesthis vivid incident as a means of launching a larger discussionabout race, identity, and racialized violence.
- Brings indigenous Australians into the contemporary global racediscourse in a lively, highly readable ethnography.
- Explores the local and national meanings of a race riot inAustralia and the entrenched racial binary evident in everydayrelationships.
- Raises questions about history, memory, citizenship, respect, and abjection as means of considering the politics, social science, and psychology of race rivalry and indigenous marginality.
- Written by a prominent scholar with clarity, verve, andaccessibility both for beginners and those well-versed incontemporary debates.