The Core Of Future Actions Toward Social Change

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Lessons of the past are at the core of future actions toward social change. The best strategies to achieve change are found by looking at key moments of change in the past and using them to guide exploration in a current context. This essay aims to explore movements for growing awareness of Aboriginal history, solidarity and depth of scholarship in the past to then answer the questions of what are the key areas for change today. By taking a critical look at history, I am to discuss the potential for change today, centered around recognized social representation in the community as avenues of social mobility. Change shall be best achieved in the streets, powered by strong themes of cultural identity that defines an authentic identity for…show more content…
Aboriginal nationalism was an anti-colonial nationalism seeking a liberated future for the Aboriginal people along with an expansion of their rights and entitlements; it conceived liberation primarily in cultural terms, as the superseding of a colonial cultural relationship and the consequent spiritual regeneration of the Aboriginal people (Mcgregor). The idea of Aboriginal Nationalism shaped the politicization of culture and the culturalization of politics, significant steps in a future phase of Aboriginal activism. Aboriginal politics following the 1967 referendum introduced a vernacular which gave a title and attention to an idea. These key moment of change in the past ignited attention toward the subject of social identity, which was later expanded upon. It is important to acknowledge how the concept of liberation in the post referendum era differed to earlier forms of aboriginal activism when identifying the post referendum era as an area of key change. Liberation was before framed in the context of laws of the Australian state. Freedom of Aboriginal people was before limited to be seen by society as obtained by citizenship. Focus shifted away from inclusion toward an emphasis on solitary after the referendum. Change was obtained, Indigenous people were counted in the common senses and subject to common wealth laws, but this also set aboriginal people as slaves to an infrastructure- to a culture which was not their own.
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