This book analyses the anxiety "well-intentioned" settler Australian women experience when engaging with Indigenous politics. Drawing upon cultural theory and studies of affect and emotion, Slater argues that settler anxiety is an historical subjectivity which shapes perception and senses of belonging. Why does Indigenous political will continue to provoke and disturb? How does settler anxiety inform public opinion and "solutions" to Indigenous inequality? In its rigorous interrogation of the dynamics of settler colonialism, emotions and ethical belonging, Anxieties of Belonging has far-reaching implications for understanding Indigenous-settler relations.
Table of Contents
1. Introducing Anxieties of Settler Belonging 2. Love and Complicity 3. Desiring Belonging 4. Waiting on the Ground of Impossibility 5. This Is Not a Gift 6. Not Caring Like the State. Afterword
Lisa Slater is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Wollongong.