The Australian Dream
Blood, History and Becoming
In this landmark essay, Stan Grant writes Indigenous people back into the economic and multicultural history of Australia. This is the fascinating story of how fringe dwellers fought not just to survive, but to prosper. Their legacy is the extraordinary flowering of Indigenous success – cultural, sporting, intellectual and social – that we see today.
Yet this flourishing co-exists with the boys of Don Dale, and the many others like them who live in the shadows of the nation. Grant examines how such Australians have been denied the possibilities of life, and argues eloquently that history is not destiny; that culture is not static. In doing so, he makes the case for a more capacious Australian Dream.
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Stan Grant makes a convincing case for the redefinition of what it means to be an indigenous Australian ... a measured, considered Quarterly Essay
Grant’s noblest goal is for us not to understand Indigenous culture as an undifferentiated mass
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