When the Western Australian government announced in 2010 that Indigenous people would be compensated for unpaid wages, a Yindjibarndi woman named Bigali Hanlon submitted an application to access her government files so that she could lodge a claim. At the age of four, Bigali was taken from her home in Mulga Downs, Western Australia to live in a church?run hostel for ‘fair?skinned’ Indigenous children until she was sent into indentured domestic service as a teenager. Three large files document her history. These files, combined with in?depth interviews, and a film about Bigali and other Indigenous Australian people, Walking Tracks Back Home, form the basis of this paper. In reflecting on the issues raised by Bigali’s story, we draw on feminist writing on the costs associated with being called to give an account of oneself, considering how listening might form the basis of an ethics of recognition in feminist praxis.
SOURCE: Milroy T, Cutcher L, and Tyler M. “Stopped in our Tracks: From ‘giving an account’ to an Ethics of Recognition in Feminist Praxis.” Wiley, 21 March 2019.
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