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Aboriginal Women, Law and Critical Race Theory

Storytelling From The Margins

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  • Centres Aboriginal women’s storytelling in ways that promote valuable insights for Indigenous law and policy
  • Helps students to engage with Indigenous people’s narratives
  • Provide a general overview of the Australian legal system

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This book explores storytelling as an innovative means of improving understanding of Indigenous people and their histories and struggles including with the law. It uses the Critical Race Theory (‘CRT’) tool of ‘outsider’ or ‘counter’ storytelling to illuminate the practices that have been used by generations of Aboriginal women to create an outlaw culture and to resist their invisibility to law. Legal scholars are yet to use storytelling to bring the experiential knowledge of Aboriginal women to the centre of legal scholarship and yet this book demonstrates how this can be done by way of a new methodology that combines elements of CRT with speculative biography. In one chapter, the author tells the imagined story of Eliza Woree who featured prominently in the backdrop to the decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland in Dempsey v Rigg (1914) but whose voice was erased from the judgements. This accessible book adds a new and innovative dimension to the useof CRT to examine the nexus between race and settler colonialism. It speaks to those interested in Indigenous peoples and the law, Indigenous studies, Indigenous policy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, feminist studies, race and the law, and cultural studies.

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nura Gili Centre for Indigenous Programs, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    Nicole Watson

About the author

Nicole Watson is an Aboriginal scholar from Queensland, who is descended from the Munanjali and Birri Gubba Peoples. She is a published novelist and a former columnist with the National Indigenous Times. Nicole is currently employed as the Director of the Academic Unit, Nura Gili Centre for Indigenous Programs, University of New South Wales.

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