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Unmasking the racial contract : Indigenous voices on racism in the Australian Public Service

Author :  Debbie Bargallie

Product Details

  • Country Australia
  • Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press, Australia
  • ISBN9781925302653
  • FormatPaperBack
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2020
  • Bib. Info256 pages
  • CategoriesDU - Oceania (South Seas)
  • Product Weight595 gms.
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Growing numbers of Indigenous people in Australia are entering historically white, structurally racist workplaces. This book is a study of one such workplace: the Australian Public Service. Bargallie shows that despite claims of fairness, inclusion, opportunity, respect and racial equality for all, Indigenous employees continue to languish on the lower rungs of the Australian Public Service employment ladder. By showing how racism is normalised in white institutions, Bargallie aims to help us see and understand -- and ultimately challenge -- racism. Written from an Indigenous standpoint, it uses race as a key framework to critically examine the discrimination faced by Indigenous employees in an Australian institution. Bargallie provides an insiders perspective, privileging the voices of other Indigenous employees, amd she applies critical race theory to unmask the racial contract that underpins the 'absent presence' of racism in the Australian Public Service. Bargallie provides an important counter-narrative to the pervasive myth of meritocracy, and encourages readers to consider the effects of the racial contract in colonial-colonised relations in Australia more broadly.

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