The Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliation

Non-Indigenous People and the Responsibility to Engage

  • Sarah Maddison
  • Tom Clark
  • Ravi de Costa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Tom Clark, Ravi de Costa, Sarah Maddison
    Pages 1-12
  3. Conceptualising the Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliation

  4. Testing the Limits of Settler Colonial Relationships

  5. The Politics and Policy of Settler Colonial Reconciliation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Adam J. Barker, Emma Battell Lowman
      Pages 195-212
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


This book investigates whether and how reconciliation in Australia and other settler colonial societies might connect to the attitudes of non-Indigenous people in ways that promote a deeper engagement with Indigenous needs and aspirations. It explores concepts and practices of reconciliation, considering the structural and attitudinal limits to such efforts in settler colonial countries. Bringing together contributions by the world’s leading experts on settler colonialism and the politics of reconciliation, it complements current research approaches to the problems of responsibility and engagement between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.


Reconciliation in Australia Non-Indigenous understandings of reconciliation Alternatives to reconciliation Political challenges for reconciliation Alternatives to reconciliation non-Indigenous discourses about engagement Australian Indigenous People critical race theory postcolonial settler-state transitional justice postcolonial theory post-apartheid South Africa divided societies transitional’ countries mechanisms of transitional justice truth commissions historical injustice

Editors and affiliations

  • Sarah Maddison
    • 1
  • Tom Clark
    • 2
  • Ravi de Costa
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.York UniversityTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2653-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2654-6
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