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The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus

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ISBN-10: 0522856365
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"Dr. Sutton’s book, if read and understood, will enhance life, and by a simple moral measure, this makes it essential reading."  —Professor Marcia Langton, member, Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee on Indigenous Higher Education

About the Author

Peter Sutton is an anthropologist and linguist who has worked with Aboriginal people since 1969. He is an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow at the University of Adelaide and at the South Australian Museum and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He is the author and editor of 12 books, including Native Title in Australia: An Ethnographic Perspective.


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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0522856365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0522856361
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,539,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nettie of Australia on August 30, 2010
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Suttons book is a very powerful book about the harsh realities of life for many Indigenous Australians in the context of significant policy changes over the last few years. It will resonate to any one who has lived and worked in remote Australia. He is an anthropologist but is also writing about people he knows and what has happened to them. There are harsh truths. The failure of policy and programs to improve the life circumstances of many Indigenous Australians remains our greatest shame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennykching on July 17, 2012
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I would highly recommend this refreshing and very honest book, written by someone who has spent many decades personally observing and considering the problems described. It has caused some controversy for daring to go against the established view and pointing out that the return to the land has been far from the panacea it was once thought to be. The book came quickly and was in excellent condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Helen Hopkins on January 28, 2014
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As Peter Sutton says ... is not necessarily a good uniter of people
Very challenging and provocative ideas to be absorbed and digested by myself as a southern urban soft left Indigenous supporter.
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