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A term coined by Indigenous Australian anthropologist and activist Marcia Langton to conceptualize the disparity between representations of Indigenous Australians in film and media and their actual life circumstances. Aboriginality, like Edward Said's term Orientalism, on which it is modelled, seeks to expose the underlying assumptions and prejudices guiding the depictions of Indigenous Australians made by white Australians. Moreover it is concerned to show the ‘real world’ effects these depictions have in shaping policy and hence the daily lives of Indigenous Australians.

Further Reading:

C. Healy Forgetting Aborigines (2008).

Subjects: Art.

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