Securing Sovereignty: Private Property, Indigenous Resistance, and the Rhetoric of Housing

  • Jillian Kramer


In this chapter, I explore the Commonwealth Government’s Intervention into seventy-three targeted Aboriginal communities across Northern and Central Australia. I argue that a site of Indigenous resistance constructed by the Alyawarr people, Protest House, powerfully articulates the ways in which this policy continues the biopolitical regimes of racial warfare instantiated with white invasion. The chapter demonstrates how race operates within the settler-colonial state’s neoliberal agenda, notions of “private property”, and representations of housing in an attempt to reproduce and secure white sovereignty.


Aboriginal Community Aboriginal People Home Ownership Land Tenure Torres Strait Islander 
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  • Jillian Kramer
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  1. 1.Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural StudiesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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