The (White) Elephant in the Room: Cultural Identities and Indigenous Sovereignty in Australia

  • Catherine Koerner
  • Soma PillayEmail author


This chapter will address four key issues. First, cultural identities are socially constructed. Second, the national discourses racialise cultural identities. This discussion includes an examination of the debates in the literature about moving ‘beyond race’. The third argument is that liberal multicultural discourse on sameness and difference is the historical backdrop to the construction of identity in liberal democratic societies. Fourth, cultural identity is constructed on the ground of Indigenous sovereignty in the context of Australian invader society. This chapter provides a critical literature review on the racialisation of cultural identities. The chapter considers the critical race and whiteness literature to examine what is known about racialised identities.


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  1. 1.Federation University AustraliaMelbourneAustralia

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