A political economy of genocide in Australia: The architecture of dispossession then and now

Martin Crook

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This chapter examines the full range of literature on aboriginal participation in the Australian economy. Most of the scholarly works that consider the question of genocide in Australia focus on the “dispersal” extermination campaigns of the 1800s and/or the issue of the “Stolen Generations.” While writers like Tony Barta and Patrick Wolfe imply that genocidal structuring dynamics are at work in Australia, theirs is a distinct minority opinion in genocide scholarship and popular discourse. A Raphael Lemkian ontology is well suited to illumining the kind of colonial-settler regimes, like Australia, that continue to subject internal indigenous populations to genocidal structuring dynamics. The Intervention was a discriminatory package of changes to indigenous welfare provision, law enforcement, land tenure and basic freedoms. The colonial structures, which have yet to be dismantled, have persisted throughout the history of Australia as a colonial-settler state, in various modalities and historically specific phases; the long chain of genocide mutates and evolves through time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Genocide: Law, Politics and Global Manifestations
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge: Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages178
ISBN (Electronic)9781351214100
ISBN (Print)9780815380078, 9781032092300
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Genocide
  • law
  • political economy
  • Indigenous peoples

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