Being Moved (On): The Biopolitics of Walking in Australia’s Frontier Towns.

Lea, Tess, Young, Martin, Markham, Francis, Holmes, Catherine and Doran, Bruce (2012) Being Moved (On): The Biopolitics of Walking in Australia’s Frontier Towns. Radical History Review (114). pp. 139-163. ISSN 1534-1453

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It is in the contemporary period of Indigenous cultural recognition that the biopolitical system of policing Aboriginal walkers in Australia's frontier towns has become so normalized that it takes place without public notice, using universally accepted mechanisms for shedding metropolitan areas of the unsightly and unwanted. Ironically, the hypermarginalized hunter-gatherer population can be identified by their perambulation — they walk — a form of urban nomadism that is both desired and reviled. Aboriginal pedestrians who are temporarily not in motion are forced to keep moving but are not expelled altogether, for their presence is essential to the region's wider economic interests. Since Aboriginal pedestrians are “moved on” when entrepreneurial imperatives cannot be met, and since moving is also a means of remaining invisible in the most heavily policed commercial zones, walking is thus overdetermined, a coproduced effect of racial excision and resistance in the ambivalent political economies of the Australian liberal-settler frontier.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Author Affiliations: 1 University of Sydney 2 Southern Cross University 3 Menzies School of Health Research 4 Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Northern Territory, Australia
Keywords: Aboriginal Australians, eviction, social conditions
Field of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
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