Abstract: This book examines the history of indigenous peoples' citizenship status and asks: is it 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 struggles for equality and raise possibilities for multicultural citizenship. Contributions include: (a) Tim Rowse on self-determination (b) Bain Attwood & Andrew Markus on the 1967 referendum (c) David Trigger on resource development (d) Peter Read on whether Aboriginal and white Australians can belong (e) Garth Nettheim on the international law context and (f) Henry Reynolds on sovereignty Editors= Peterson, N. is a reader in anthropology at the ANU. Sanders, W. is a research fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at ANU For most of Australia's colonial history Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders have been denied full membership of Australian society. This book examines the history of indigenous peoples' citizenship status and asks, '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 recognise difference. This book makes a crucial intervention in current debates by providing the context for understanding struggles over distinctive indigenous rights. Contents Nineteenth century bureaucratic constructions of indigenous identities in New South Wales / Marilyn Wood From nomadism to citizenship : A P Elkin and Aboriginal advancement / Geoffrey Gray Indigenous citizenship and self-determination : the problem of shared responsibilities / Tim Rowse Welfare colonialism and citizenship : politics, economics and agency / Nicolas Peterson Representation matters : the 1967 referendum and citizenship / Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus Citizenship and the community development employment projects scheme : equal rights, difference and appropriateness / Will Sanders Citizenship and indigenous responses to mining in the Gulf country / David Trigger Whose citizens? whose country? / Peter Read Citizenship and legitimacy in post-colonial Australia / Richard Mulgan International law context / Garth Nettheim Sovereignty / Henry Reynolds.
Notes: historical perspective