Obliged to Be Difficult: Nugget Coombs' Legacy in Indigenous Affairs

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Oktober 2012



Since the 1967 constitutional referendum, Australian governments have moved toward policies of Indigenous self-determination. Obliged to Be Difficult presents the central issue of self-determination as seen by Dr. H. C. Coombs, the most influential policy maker after the referendum: through what political mechanisms will Indigenous Australians find their own voice? This narrative of Coombs' work draws on many unpublished sources and illuminates the interplay of government policy with Indigenous practice. This book is both an account of government policies and a biographical slice of an outstanding Australian.


1. The modest mandate of 1967; 2. 'Land ownership for Aborigines presents difficult problems'; 3. Mediating the Yolngu; 4. Voice and feet; 5. North and South; 6. A national Indigenous leadership?; 7. Clans and councils; 8. As nasty a piece of chicanery as I can remember; 9. Effectively Aboriginal; 10. An Indigenous public sphere; 11. From James Cook to Eva Valley; 12. The 1940s in the 1990s.


'Rowse has produced the first comprehensive political history of the federal administration of indigenous affairs in late twentieth-century Australia ... for those interested in his innovative approach to governance, Obliged to be Difficult is an essential work.' Times Literary Supplement '... for those who want to understand how negotiations evolved between indigenous groups and successive Australian governments, or who want to draw useful comparisons with other such interactions, this volume offers real insights into the complexities of the process. It also paints a fine biographic portrait of an extraordinary man.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
EAN: 9780521773539
ISBN: 0521773539
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2012
Seitenanzahl: 264 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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