Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Philpott
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This article examines the Australian Football League’s (AFL) diplomatic efforts to bring about recognition and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous players, and to make a broader contribution to inter-communal relations. The AFL’s primary diplomacy has focused on classical racism, dealing with instances of on-field abuse of players by other players and with spectator education about racism and Indigenous culture in Australia. Despite successes in these areas, the AFL has notably failed to acknowledge structural, institutionalised modes of discrimination and exclusion, with the result that the sport remains deeply influenced by colonial thought and discourse concerning Indigenous Australians.
Author(s): Philpott S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Third World Quarterly
Online publication date: 17/05/2016
Acceptance date: 07/04/2016
ISSN (print): 0143-6597
ISSN (electronic): 1360-2241
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