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Deleuze and the Contemporary World$
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Ian Buchanan and Adrian Parr

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623419

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623419.001.0001

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The Event of Colonisation

The Event of Colonisation

(p.108) Chapter 6 The Event of Colonisation
Deleuze and the Contemporary World

Paul Patton

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines internal colonisation and decolonisation, understood to mean the colonisation of indigenous peoples who continue to live on their traditional homelands but are held captive by the colonial state. It considers the legal colonisation of Aboriginal societies in order to reflect upon the event of colonisation using Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's theory of events and their concept of deterritorialisation. The chapter provides a detailed study of the historico-political event of colonisation and cites the Mabo case in Australia as a good example of a legal event that not only inaugurated groundbreaking legal changes but carried with it radical social implications as well.

Keywords:   internal colonisation, decolonisation, indigenous people, traditional homelands, colonial state, legal colonisation, Aboriginal societies, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, deterritorialisation

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