Citizenship and Indigenous Australians

Changing Conceptions and Possibilities

Citizenship and Indigenous Australians

For most of Australia's colonial history its indigenous people have been denied full membership in Australian society. This book examines the history of their citizenship status and asks whether it is possible for indigenous Australians to be members of a common society on equal terms with others. Leading commentators from a range of disciplines examine historical conceptions of indigenous civil rights, consider issues arising from recent struggles for equality and consider possibilities for multicultural citizenship that recognize difference.


"This volume offers clear and valuable information on citizenship presented by renowned Australian scholars at a conference at the Australian National University." Choice

"These essays...bring together a diversity of perspectives on the status of Indigenous Australians in both the contested present, and through the entire period since European settlement." Sue Sifa, Pacific Affairs