Congratulations to Dr Ben Silverstein, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ANU School of History, on the publication of Governing Natives: Indirect Rule and Settler Colonialism in Australia’s North (Manchester University Press, 2018).
In the 1930s, a series of crises transformed relationships between settlers and Aboriginal people in Australia's Northern Territory. By the late 1930s, Australian settlers were coming to understand the Northern Territory as a colonial formation requiring a new form of government. Responding to crises of social reproduction, public power, and legitimacy, they re-thought the scope of settler colonial government by drawing on both the art of indirect rule and on a representational economy of Indigenous elimination to develop a new political dispensation that sought to incorporate and consume Indigenous production and sovereignties.
The book locates Aboriginal history within imperial history, situating the settler colonial politics of Indigeneity in a broader governmental context.
The book will be available at all good bookstores or you can order from the publisher: