Performances of Belonging

Maryrose Casey

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In the context of Australian settler colonialism, as Aileen Moreton-Robinson has eloquently argued, possessive claims in relation to Indigenous
people are central to the colonial project. Supporting these claims and
benefiting from them are notions of belonging in the land. Who is the
stranger and who the resident and therefore who has the right to claim
the physical space? Across the nineteenth century and into the twentieth,
Aboriginal performance practices for entertainment were used by both
Aboriginal people and white settlers as a way of asserting claims of
belonging to the land in the present moment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-206
JournalAustralasian Drama Studies
Issue number73
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Aboriginal Australians--Social conditions
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • World politics
  • Performance--Social aspects


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