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Title Labour lines and colonial power : Indigenous and Pacific island labour mobility in Australia / edited by Victoria Stead and Jon Altman
Published Acton, ACT, Australia : Australian National University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 312 pages) : illustrations
Series Aboriginal history monographs
Aboriginal history monograph series.
Contents 1. Labour Lines and Colonial Power / Victoria Stead and Jon Altman -- 2. Intermediaries, Servants and Captives: Disentangling Indigenous Labour in D. W. Carnegie's Exploration of the Western Australian Desert / Shino Konishi -- 3. 'Boyd's Blacks': Labour and the Making of Settler Lands in Australia and the Pacific / Tracey Banivanua Mar -- 4. A Regulated Labour Trade across the Torres Strait: Papuan and New Guinean Domestic Workers in Australia, 1901-50 / Lucy Davies -- 5. New Histories but Old Patterns: Kāi Tahu in Australia / Rachel Standfield and Michael J. Stevens -- 6. Money Trees, Development Dreams and Colonial Legacies in Contemporary Pasifika Horticultural Labour / Victoria Stead -- 7. Becoming 'Overstayers': The Coloniality of Citizenship and the Resilience of Pacific Farm Workers / Makiko Nishitani and Helen Lee -- 8. Wellbeing Perspectives, Conceptualisations of Work and Labour Mobility Experiences of Pasifika Trans-Tasman Migrants in Brisbane / Ruth (Lute) Faleolo -- 9. Coloniality of Power and the Contours of Contemporary Sport Industries: Fijians in Australian Rugby / Scott Mackay and Daniel Guinness -- 10. Emergent Trends in Indigenous Labour Mobility: Flying to Work in the Nation's Quarry / Sarah Prout Quicke and Fiona Haslam McKenzie -- 11. Mysterious Motions: A Genealogy of 'Orbiting' in Australian Indigenous Affairs / Timothy Neale -- 12. Of Pizza Ovens in Arnhem Land: The State Quest to Restructure Aboriginal Labour in Remotest Australia / Jon Altman -- An Afterword / Lynette Russell
Summary Today, increases of so-called 'low-skilled' and temporary labour migrations of Pacific Islanders to Australia occur alongside calls for Indigenous people to 'orbit' from remote communities in search of employment opportunities. These trends reflect the persistent neoliberalism within contemporary Australia, as well as the effects of structural dynamics within the global agriculture and resource extractive industries. They also unfold within the context of long and troubled histories of Australian colonialism, and of complexes of race, labour and mobility that reverberate through that history and into the present. The contemporary labour of Pacific Islanders in the horticultural industry has sinister historical echoes in the 'blackbirding' of South Sea Islanders to work on sugar plantations in New South Wales and Queensland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as in wider patterns of labour, trade and colonisation across the Pacific region. The antecedents of contemporary Indigenous labour mobility, meanwhile, include forms of unwaged and highly exploitative labouring on government settlements, missions, pastoral stations and in the pearling industry. For both Pacific Islanders and Indigenous people, though, labour mobilities past and present also include agentive and purposeful migrations, reflective of rich cultures and histories of mobility, as well as of forces that compel both movement and immobility. Drawing together historians, anthropologists, sociologists and geographers, this book critically explores experiences of labour mobility by Indigenous peoples and Pacific Islanders, including Māori, within Australia. Locating these new expressions of labour mobility within historical patterns of movement, contributors interrogate the contours and continuities of Australian coloniality in its diverse and interconnected expressions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Economic conditions.
Aboriginal Australians -- Employment.
Aboriginal Australians -- Migrations
Labour market -- Australia
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Economic conditions.
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Employment
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Migrations
Pacific Islanders -- Economic conditions
Pacific Islanders -- Employment
Pacific Islanders -- Migrations
Aboriginal Australians -- Economic conditions.
Aboriginal Australians -- Employment.
Aboriginal Australians -- Migrations.
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Economic conditions.
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Employment.
Pacific Islanders -- Migrations.
Form Electronic book
Genre/Form Deakin authored content
Author Altman, Jon
Stead, Victoria
Australian National University Press.
ISBN 1760463078