• Aileen Moreton-Robinson
    Queensland University of Technology
  • Maggie Walter
    University of Tasmania


In this of the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, the articles reveal how competing economies of knowledge, capital and values are operationalised through colonising power within inter-subjective relations. Writing in the Australian context, Greg Blyton demonstrates how tobacco was used by colonists as a means of control and exchange in their relations with Indigenous people. He focuses on the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia, in the early to mid-nineteenth century to reveal how colonists exchanged tobacco for food, safe passage and Indigenous services. Blyton suggests that these colonial practices enabled tobacco addiction to spread throughout the region, passing from one generation of Indigenous people to another. He asks us to consider the link between the colonial generation of Indigenous tobacco consumption and addiction, and Indigenous mortality rates today whereby twenty percent of deaths are attributed to smoking.

Published: 2010-06-01
Pages:1 to 1
Section: Editorial
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Moreton-Robinson, A., & Walter, M. (2010). Editorial. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 3(2), 1. https://doi.org/10.5204/ijcis.v3i2.47