Imagining the Good Indigenous Citizen: Race War and the Pathology of Patriarchal White Sovereignty

Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Abstract


In June 2007, the Australian federal government sent military and policy into Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory on the premise that sexual abuse of children was rampant and a national crisis. This article draws on Foucault’s work on sovereignty and rights to argue that patriarchal white sovereignty as a regime of power deploys a discourse of pathology in the exercising of sovereign right to subjugate and discipline Indigenous people as good citizens.

Keywords


Patriarchal white sovereignty; race war; rights; Indigenous pathology

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