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The conclusion reviews how the various transactional realities discussed in the book paved the way for postwar forms of multicultural governance by (to different degrees) displacing hierarchical conceptions of race in favor of more plural and cultural conceptions of difference. It looks first at the new globalized and globalizing practices of social governance that came to characterize the postwar period, exploring the governmental rationalities that informed the 1950s UNESCO statements on race and examining the emergence of the concept of indigeneity as a new, global transactional reality. It then shows how the divisions between populations produced by colonial governmental rationalities have continued to inform the segmentations of populations within settler-colonial contexts in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. It concludes by examining the limits of the liberal problematics of governing through culture exemplified by the restitution of racial logics of governance in Australia’s recent Northern Territory Intervention.

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