Beyond White Guilt

Beyond White Guilt A deeply provocative call for white Australians to take personal responsibility for the ongoing impact of colonisation on Aboriginal Australians Sarah Maddison s bold and original take on the running

  • Title: Beyond White Guilt
  • Author: Sarah Maddison
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • A deeply provocative call for white Australians to take personal responsibility for the ongoing impact of colonisation on Aboriginal Australians Sarah Maddison s bold and original take on the running sore of black white relations offers a genuinely constructive alternative when so many other approaches have failed.Deep in our hearts, Australians know that our nation was bA deeply provocative call for white Australians to take personal responsibility for the ongoing impact of colonisation on Aboriginal Australians Sarah Maddison s bold and original take on the running sore of black white relations offers a genuinely constructive alternative when so many other approaches have failed.Deep in our hearts, Australians know that our nation was built on land that does not belong to us Some of us now assert that Aboriginal people should simply take advantage of opportunities offered by white society But many others feel guilt, often turning this guilt inwards, feeling helpless in the face of the appalling conditions in which many of the original inhabitants of this country now live Successive government policies of obliteration, assimilation, cultural maintenance and intervention have manifestly failed to bridge the gulf between black and white Australians, and to improve the lives of many Aboriginal Australians Efforts at reconciliation have stalled In many ways, we are stuck.Sarah Maddison argues that there is no point in looking again to governments for a solution to these challenges Rather, it is up to us, all of us We need to acknowledge our collective responsibility, change at a deep level, and develop a revitalised view of our national self Only then will we develop policies and practical solutions that work.

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    1. Peter Edwards: I am currently reading “Beyond White Guilt” by Sarah Maddison, Associate Professor in the Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Unit at the University of NSW.The book challenges non-Indigenous Australians to confront what Maddison calls our collective guilt over our colonial past and consider our moral obligations in the present.Having visited Indigenous communities in North America, she draws on what has worked in the most successful of these communities, where the Indigeno [...]

    2. It does bring forth some good points about how everyone needs to move beyond guilt, but to me, it was nothing I already didn't know. The average Australian would not read this, because clearly it is somebody's thesis or dissertation. The language used is entirely academic. Only those who have studied liberal arts and sociology will understand half the content of this book. The main message seems to be to accept the fact that colonialism had devastating effects on the Indigenous peoples of Austra [...]

    3. It seems like Maddison spends the entire 180 pages leading points (that could potentially mature her argument) back to the issue of guilt. The problem here is that guilt is non-empirical and difficult to gauge in any circumstance, let alone it being necessary in order for Maddison to accuse the reader of letting it hinder reconciliation. I appreciate that Maddison is using her privilege as a white person to speak to white people about their power in the reconciliation movement and social structu [...]

    4. Well intentioned but frustratingly abstract and short on substance. As with much 'progressive' writing, it's great at pointing out a problem but hopeless at venturing an answer, beyond the abstract need for 'dialogue', 'reappraisal' (think I know this already) and a process that reads more like an invitation to a workshop on the healing power of crystals than a cure for a nation's malaise. I was at least expecting a few ideas. Maybe get a new flag? A few hard and fast examples? South Africa mayb [...]

    5. Sarah Maddison argues that the Australian problem is guilt; that guilt creates inertia, denial, and a feeling of helplessness. She says there's a sickness in our collective identity and she's absolutely right. The problem is that she offers no suggestions on what to do about this at all. She repeats her one point which should have been the opening 500 words of the first chapter, tops, for the entire book. Why is "beyond" in the title?The closest thing I could find to an actual idea was this bit [...]

    6. A good theoretical/philosophical approach to coming to grips with Australian identity. The analysis of Anzac day as a guilt free celebration of Australian Identity alternative to Australia day (Invasion day/Day of mourning) insightful. The structure of the argument lent itself to repetition, making the book clunky and difficult to follow in places.

    7. wise advice on Indigenous policy, adaptive leadership, racism, anti racism and dialogue. Full review alltogethernow/news/bey

    8. Chapters 3 & 4, and sort of 5, are the best for the way they focus on specific examples. Some really useful stuff about whiteness in Australia, too.

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