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The Racialisation of Feeling in the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal Australia: Anger and Aboriginal Contact with the Law

Cefai, Sarah. 2011. 'The Racialisation of Feeling in the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal Australia: Anger and Aboriginal Contact with the Law'. In: Directions and Intersections: Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association and Indigenous Studies Research Network Joint Conference. Surfers Paradise, Australia 7-9 December 2011. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper addresses the question: What is at stake in reframing ‘social problems’ as problems of feeling? In the Northern Territory, the political discourse on ‘social problems’, such as the prevalence of criminal offences involving alcohol, is commonplace in representations of Aboriginal Australia. This political discourse problematises Indigenous, alcohol-related crime, by measuring the success or failure of state sponsored intervention. This paper argues that this discourse fundamentally misrepresents the ‘social problem’ of the Aboriginal consumption of alcohol because it averts the existence of feelings. Further, I claim that the aversion of (and to) feeling is embedded in the politics of race in the Australian imaginary. In order to understand how the discourse on ‘social problems’ functions, I draw attention to what I call the ‘institutionalisation of feeling’ and the ‘racialisation of feeling’. Drawing on examples from policy, political talk, and academic representation, I endeavour to show how the institutionalisation and racialisation of feeling are interconnected processes that colour multiple aspects of Aboriginal contact with the law. I therefore contend that what is at stake in reframing ‘social problems’ as problems of feeling is the capacity to critically analyse the social construction of racist thought.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
December 2011Published

Event Location:

Surfers Paradise, Australia

Date range:

7-9 December 2011

Item ID:

25673

Date Deposited:

25 Jan 2019 15:26

Last Modified:

25 Jan 2019 16:14

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/25673

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