Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence

Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence

by Ute Eickelkamp (Editor)

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Overview

Surprisingly little research has been carried out about how Australian Aboriginal children and teenagers experience life, shape their social world and imagine the future. This volume presents recent and original studies of life experiences outside the institutional settings of childcare and education, of those growing up in contemporary Central Australia or with strong links to the region. Focusing on the remote communities – roughly 1,200 across the continent – the volume includes case studies of language and family life in small country towns and urban contexts. These studies expertly show that forms of consciousness have changed enormously over the last hundred years for Indigenous societies more so than for the rest of Australia, yet equally notable are the continuities across generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782381266
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Ute Eickelkamp is ARC Future Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Sydney. Between 2004 and 2009 she was ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School for Social and Policy Research at Charles Darwin University. She studied Anangu children’s imagination and social and emotional dynamics through a traditional form of sand storytelling in the Central Australian community of Ernabella, after therapeutic sandplay work with Tiwi children in Australia’s north. Her current research focuses on the transformation of Australian Indigenous ontologies and subjectivities.

Table of Contents

Figures

Acknowledgments

Map of Australia

Introduction: Aboriginal Children and Young People in Focus

PART I: CHILDHOOD ACROSS TIME: HISTORICAL AND LIFE SPAN PERSPECTIVES

Chapter 1. 'Less was hidden among these children': Géza Róheim, Anthropology and the Politics of Aboriginal Childhood

John Morton

Chapter 2. Envisioning Lives at Ernabella

Katrina Tjitayi and Sandra Lewis

Chapter 3. Warungka: Becoming and Un-becoming a Warlpiri Person

Yasmine Musharbash

Chapter 4. Fathers and Sons, Trajectories of Self – Reflections on Pintupi Lives and Futures

Fred R. Myers

PART II: STORIES, LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL SPACE

Chapter 5.Sand Storytelling – Its Social Meaning in Anangu Children’s Lives

Ute Eickelkamp

Chapter 6.Young Children's Social Meaning-Making in a New Mixed Language

Carmel O'Shannessey

Appendix

Chapter 7.The Yard Craig

San Roque

PART III: YOUTH, IDENTITY AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

Chapter 8. Organization within Disorder – The Present and Future of Young People in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands

David Brooks

Chapter 9. Being Mardu: Change and Challenge for Some Western Desert Young People Today

Myrna Tonkinson

Chapter 10. Invisible and Visible Loyalties in Racialized Contexts: A Systemic Perspective on Aboriginal Youth

Marika Moisseeff

Appendix

Notes on Contributors

References

Index

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