This chapter seeks to discuss multiple literatures in order to demonstrate their

relevance to the research problematic (Schwandt, 2001: 229) while highlighting the

importance of the work and its specific contribution (Bryman, 2001: 496). Since I have

sought to evaluate and interpret Australia’s reconciliation project this review covers

the following broad areas: First, it discusses the major works on reconciliation as a

paradigm vehicle for social stability in order to better understand the general concept

and its applicability to the case study. Second, it discusses general literature on

indigenous aspirations and entitlements, which demonstrate how colonial structures

continue to restrict indigenous peoples’ autonomy. The indigenous perspective and

the general reconciliation literature combine to elucidate a benchmark by which

to ascertain the authenticity of a process grounded in the need to address colonial

dispossession and its legacy. Lastly, it examines some interpretive perspectives

which focus specifically on the Australian reconciliation process itself and which

have significantly informed my understanding.