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Title: Hybrid Space. "A Little Bird Told Me: Family Secrets, Necessary Lies" and "Savage Imaginings: Historical and Contemporary Constructions of Australian Aborigines", by Lynette Russell. [review]
Authors: Guest, Kate
Keywords: Book review
Aboriginal Australians -- History
Issue Date: Jun-2002
Publisher: Australian Book Review
Citation: Guest, Kate 2002. Hybrid Space. Review of "A Little Bird Told Me: Family Secrets, Necessary Lies" and "Savage Imaginings: Historical and Contemporary Constructions of Australian Aborigines" by Lynette Russell. 'Australian Book Review', No 242, June/July, 56-57.
Series/Report no.: No 242
Abstract: From both Lynette Russell’s memoir and her scholarly study we can draw the same sad conclusion: the gulf of understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous society has led to a damaging, though not deadly, fracture of the Aboriginal community and culture. This conclusion is hardly revelatory but, in partnership, these books do shed light on the subtler effects of systemically racist public policy on private worlds. "Savage Imaginings" explores the discourses that have shaped public perceptions of ‘the Aborigine’, while "A Little Bird Told Me" journeys into a concealed family history to uncover the cross-generational secrets and hurt that stemmed from such perceptions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/1815
ISSN: 0155-2864
Appears in Collections:No 242 - June / July 2002

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