How do light-skinned aboriginal Australians experience racism?: Implications for social work

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Bennett, Bindi 2014. How do light-skinned aboriginal Australians experience racism?: Implications for social work. AlterNative. 10 (2), pp. 180 - 192. https://doi.org/10.1177/117718011401000207
AuthorsBennett, Bindi
Abstract

There has been little discussion in Australia about the different experiences of racism directed towards light-skinned Aboriginal people. Research on racism in Australia has tended to incorporate all Aboriginal people and has not examined in detail the experiences of lighter-skinned Aboriginal people. This paper is based on research that was undertaken as part of a study on light-skinned Aboriginal people with little or no community or kinship ties and how they formulated their cultural identity. The author uses the concept of lateral violence to show how many light-skinned Aboriginal people experience racism both from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. This paper highlights the extensive social and psychological consequences of racism and lateral violence and discusses what this means for social work practice in Australia.

KeywordsAboriginal; Australia; light-skinned; racism; lateral violence; social work
Year2014
JournalAlterNative
Journal citation10 (2), pp. 180 - 192
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
ISSN1177-1801
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/117718011401000207
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85000859310
Page range180 - 192
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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