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Power of Knowledge (The), the Resonance of Tradition
Luke Taylor, Graeme Ward, Graham Henderson, Richard Davis, Linley Wallis (Editors)
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The Power of Knowledge, the Resonance of Tradition is a ground-breaking critique of the concept of ‘tradition’ as it has been applied in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context. The authors argue for a deeper appreciation of the creativity inherent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social life, and the way that knowledge is constructed and deployed in complex intercultural contexts in contemporary Australia.

Each chapter draws on detailed local inter-cultural information which includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and sea ownership and management, native title processes, service delivery arrangements for health and outstation management, and representations in art, song and broadcasting. In each arena there are multiple engagements with broad global processes.

The advent of Native Title legislation has led Indigenous communities across the country being required to demonstrate their ‘traditional’ connections to country. For many, their experiences of these processes are increasingly at odds with the complex inter-cultural realities of their contemporary lives. They feel the constraining effect of outmoded frameworks of ‘tradition’ in legislation and policy where social and cultural innovation are characterised as inauthentic.

Reprinted 2008, 2005, pb, 216x140mm, 256pp

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