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Title: Globalisation and colonialism : challenges to the liberal democratic state in Australia
Author: Grant, Robert
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2001
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The impact of globalisation on Australia has reverberated from white settlement in the eighteenth century to the present. Only at the turn of the twenty first century are the contradictions and tensions of the democratic state being exposed by the activism of indigenous peoples across the globe seeking redress for historical grievances. By focusing on the Australian experience I highlight the ways in which liberalism and colonialism have worked together under conditions of globalisation to dispossess Aboriginal Australians. Together, liberalism and colonialism have worked to legitimise the dispossession of Aboriginal Australians. Yet under contemporary conditions of globalisation Aboriginal Australians have worked to prise apart the underpinnings of a state-centred discourse rooted in colonialism. This thesis seeks to address the issues raised by Aboriginal demands for territorial rights in the context of globalisation and to assess their impact on the Australian state. In what way are the assumptions that underpinned the notions of democracy and territoriality being transformed and what are the options for the future of democracy in a postcolonial environment?
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Political science