Disruption or transformation? Australian policymaking in the face of Indigenous contestation

Tanja Dreher, Lisa Waller, Kerry MCCALLUM

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Abstract

From the Zapatista’s “netwar” to the “hashtag activism” of Idle No More, Indigenous peoples have pioneered digital media for global connectivity and contestation. This chapter explores the promise and the pitfalls of social media for First Nations protest in Australia. Overall, we find new opportunities for disruption and ongoing challenges with regard to significant social and political transformation. The argument is illustrated with two exemplars. Firstly, the “Recognise” campaign is a state-sponsored public information and awareness campaign with a well-developed social media and branding strategy. Dissenting Indigenous voices have been highly successful in disrupting this campaign and asserting an alternative agenda including Treaty and Land Rights. Secondly, the #IASLottery campaign responded to the new Indigenous Advancement Strategy, with less success in impacting policy debates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Cultures of Contestation
Subtitle of host publicationMobility, Sustainability, Aesthetics & Connectivity 
EditorsEsther Peeren, Robin Celikates, Jeroen de Kloet, Thomas Poell
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter11
Pages215-240
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783319639826
ISBN (Print)9783319/639819
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society
PublisherPalgrave McMillan

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    Dreher, T., Waller, L., & MCCALLUM, K. (2017). Disruption or transformation? Australian policymaking in the face of Indigenous contestation. In E. Peeren, R. Celikates, J. de Kloet, & T. Poell (Eds.), Global Cultures of Contestation: Mobility, Sustainability, Aesthetics & Connectivity  (pp. 215-240). (Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63982-6