Sites of benevolence

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Collis, Christy and Nolan, Maggie. 2005. "Sites of benevolence." Journal of Australian Studies. 29 (85), pp. 5-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/14443050509388011
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Sites of benevolence

ERA Journal ID34876
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCollis, Christy (Author) and Nolan, Maggie (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Australian Studies
Journal Citation29 (85), pp. 5-10
Number of Pages6
Year2005
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN0314-769X
1444-3058
1835-6419
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14443050509388011
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14443050509388011
Abstract

On the television show Backyard Blitz, Australians judged as deserving by their families and friends receive the gift of surprise makeovers to their gardens; in Australian public hospitals, trainee surgeons hone their skills on willing patients; in literary travel narratives, non-Indigenous Australian writers attempt to forge a relationship with the land and its traditional owners; and in inner-city Brisbane, the City Council builds lockers and sleeping areas for the park's homeless occupants. In Australian courts, legislators create copyright laws attempt to protect Indigenous ownership of traditional narratives; the South Australian Museum mounts a new Aboriginal Cultures Gallery; Indigenous actors face the challenges of racism as they practice their craft; and the Queensland government of the early twentieth century enacts policies of 'Aboriginal Protection'. At first, these instances seem to bear little meaningful relation to one another. However, as the articles in this special issue demonstrate, they all share a crucial common feature: all of these instances are moments or sites which are underpinned by benevolence. That is, each of these diverse instances is informed by one party's desire to 'do good' to another. Each involves the formation and negotiation of a specific kind of relationship between people or groups of people, a relationship driven by one party's desire to assist the other. This, then, is a special issue about good intentions, about gifts, and about the moral economies they articulate. As this issue reveals, benevolence is mobilised across a range of cultural sites and practices; the articles gathered in this issue explore the complexities of its diverse historical and contemporary manifestations.

Keywordsspatiality
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470213. Postcolonial studies
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Australian Catholic University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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