In the company of a guide: guidebooks to Indigenous Australia
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 00:41 authored by Robert ClarkeRobert Clarke
This article examines travel guidebooks to Indigenous Australia, focussing on predominantly Aboriginal-authored texts. Acknowledging the body of work that has critiqued travel guides as mediators of oppressive cultural discourses, it is as much concerned with the risks inherent in these texts, as it is interested in their potential as sites of authorship and reading that enable anti-colonial ambitions. Two questions animate the discussion. First: to what extent are Aboriginal guidebooks consistent with conventional understandings of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians? And second, how do these texts influence tourist activity in ways that respect Aboriginal sovereignty? While not providing a definitive answer to either of these questions, the article, nevertheless, opens up an examination of the cultural work performed by Aboriginal-authored guidebooks during a period of rapid change in the politics of race in Australia.
Publication titleStudies in Travel Writing
Department/SchoolSchool of Humanities
Place of publicationUK
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