The Event of Colonisation

Paul Patton

in Deleuze and the Contemporary World

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623419
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652389 | DOI:
The Event of Colonisation

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This chapter examines internal colonisation and decolonisation, understood to mean the colonisation of indigenous peoples who continue to live on their traditional homelands but are held captive by the colonial state. It considers the legal colonisation of Aboriginal societies in order to reflect upon the event of colonisation using Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's theory of events and their concept of deterritorialisation. The chapter provides a detailed study of the historico-political event of colonisation and cites the Mabo case in Australia as a good example of a legal event that not only inaugurated groundbreaking legal changes but carried with it radical social implications as well.

Keywords: internal colonisation; decolonisation; indigenous people; traditional homelands; colonial state; legal colonisation; Aboriginal societies; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; deterritorialisation

Chapter.  7279 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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