Ethics or social justice? Heritage and the politics of recognition

Laurajane Smith*

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    Nancy Fraser's model of the politics of recognition is used to examine how ethical practices are interconnected with wider struggles for recognition and social justice. This paper focuses on the concept of 'heritage' and the way it is often uncritically linked to 'identity' to illustrate how expert knowledge can become implicated in struggles for recognition. The consequences of this for ethical practice and for rethinking the role of expertise, professional discourses and disciplinary identity are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)60-68
    Number of pages9
    JournalAustralian Aboriginal Studies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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