Questioning Indigenous-Settler Relations

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Sarah Maddison
  • Sana Nakata

Part of the Indigenous-Settler Relations in Australia and the World book series (ISRAW, volume 1)

About this book


This book examines contemporary Indigenous affairs through questions of relationality, presenting a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on the what, who, when, where, and why of Indigenous-settler relations. It also explores relationality, a key analytical framework with which to explore Indigenous-settler relations in terms of what the relational characteristics are; who steps into these relations and how; the different temporal and historical moments in which these relations take place and to what effect; where these relations exist around the world and the variations they take on in different places; and why these relations are important for the examination of social and political life in the 21st century.

Its unique approach represents a deliberate move away from both settler-colonial studies, which examines historical and present impacts of settler states on Indigenous peoples, and from postcolonial and decolonial scholarship, which predominantly focuses on how Indigenous peoples speak back to the settler state. It explores the issues that inform, shape, and give social, legal, and political life to relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, both in Australia and globally.


Indigenous-Settler Relations Indigenous-Settler Politics Australian politics Indigenous policy Indigenous affairs Indigenous Studies Indigenous Australians Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Indigenous people Non-Indigenous people Settler colonialism Policy implementation Reconciliation Relationality in Indigenous-settler politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Sarah Maddison
    • 1
  • Sana Nakata
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-9204-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-9205-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-5767
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-5775
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