Growing Up In Central Australia

New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence

Author: Ute Eickelkamp

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1782381279

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

View: 1894

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.

The Anthropology of Childhood

Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings

Author: David F. Lancy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107072662

Category: Social Science

Page: 548

View: 6065

Enriched with anecdotes from ethnography and the daily media, this revised edition examines family structure, reproduction, profiles of children's caretakers, their treatment at different ages, their play, work, schooling, and transition to adulthood. The result is a nuanced and credible picture of childhood in different cultures, past and present.

Children and the Environment in an Australian Indigenous Community

A psychological approach

Author: Angela Kreutz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317807537

Category: Psychology

Page: 242

View: 5836

Aboriginal children represent one of the fastest growing population segments in Australia, yet the lives of Aboriginal children in their environment has rarely been subjected to systematic and in-depth study. In this book, Angela Kreutz considers the relationship between the environment, attachment and development in indigenous children, examining theoretical constructs and conceptual models by empirically road testing these ideas within a distinct cultural community. The book presents the first empirical study on Australian Aboriginal children’s lives from within the field of child-environment studies, employing an environmental psychology perspective, combined with architectural and anthropological understandings. Chapters offer valuable insights into participatory planning and design solutions concerning Aboriginal children in their distinct community environment, and the cross-cultural character of the case study illuminates the commonalities of child development, as well as recognising the uniqueness that stems from specific histories in specific places. Children and the Environment in an Australian Indigenous Community makes significant theoretical, methodological and practical contributions to the international cross disciplinary field of child-environment studies. It will be of key interest to researchers from the fields of environmental, ecological, developmental and social psychology, as well as anthropologists, sociologists, and those studying the environment and planning.

Coming of Age in Samoa

A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation

Author: Margaret Mead

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062566091

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 256

View: 5686

Rarely do science and literature come together in the same book. When they do -- as in Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, for example -- they become classics, quoted and studied by scholars and the general public alike. Margaret Mead accomplished this remarkable feat not once but several times, beginning with Coming of Age in Samoa. It details her historic journey to American Samoa, taken where she was just twenty-three, where she did her first fieldwork. Here, for the first time, she presented to the public the idea that the individual experience of developmental stages could be shaped by cultural demands and expectations. Adolescence, she wrote, might be more or less stormy, and sexual development more or less problematic in different cultures. The "civilized" world, she taught us had much to learn from the "primitive." Now this groundbreaking, beautifully written work as been reissued for the centennial of her birth, featuring introductions by Mary Pipher and by Mead's daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson.

"Don't Ask for Stories--"

The Women from Ernabella and Their Art

Author: Ute Eickelkamp

Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press

ISBN: 0855753102

Category: Social Science

Page: 88

View: 3036

This collection of histories, in both written and illustrative form, tells the story from atomic bomb tests in 1950 to commercial success in the 1990s. The beautiful batiks from Ernabella are exhibited throughout the world and the artists are sought after as teachers in Australia and internationally.

Childhood and adolescence

cross-cultural perspectives and applications

Author: Uwe Peter Gielen,Jaipaul L. Roopnarine

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: 9781567506600

Category: Psychology

Page: 470

View: 6722

Distinguished authors detail cross-cultural issues affecting youngsters, including parenting practices, gender role socialization, risk and resilience in childhood, and more. The text challenges existing beliefs about childhood development, offers current research on childrearing and socialization practices in diverse cultures, and examines social and educational policies as they relate to children and adolescents. Socialization practices within families, communities, and educational settings are included. This volume, which includes both field-based and experimental research, will appeal to practitioners, scholars, and students in the fields of child psychology, cross-cultural psychology, anthropology, sociology, child and family studies, and social work.

Contexts of Child Development

Culture, Policy and Intervention

Author: Gary Robinson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780980384680

Category: Child development

Page: 242

View: 3488

'Contexts of Child Development' is an inspiring and thought-provoking collection that aims to deepen our understanding of child development in order to positively influence the people, policies and practices that help shape children¿s lives. Drawing on a range of methodological, theoretical and practical perspectives, and on leading Australian and international research, the volume challenges us to consider issues as diverse as the continuing impact of past colonial policies and practices on Australian Aboriginal child development today; the ways in which a focus on ¿learning through the arts¿ can be beneficial to other areas of development, including literacy; and the potentially disabling consequences of the socio-culturally biased construction of what constitutes a ¿good childhood¿ which currently underpins policy in the UK. A key concern of the collection is to advance insights and understandings of child development in relation to questions of cultural diversity, social disadvantage and state-supported interventions. Hence, many of the contributions focus on the outcomes of child development in Australian Aboriginal communities, including Ernabella and Docker River in the Western Desert, Darnley Island in north-east Queensland, the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory, Yakanarra in the Kimberley, and the Yorta Yorta in rural Victoria. While the editors consider that the contributions collectively ¿point to complex patterns of intergenerational reproduction of disadvantage for which there is no single intervention point¿, they conclude that the challenge for educators, policy-makers, governments and communities alike is to find and follow the ways and means by which it is possible to support the outcomes of child development in order that the deleterious effects of multiple disadvantage might be undone.

Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia

Author: Myrna Tonkinson,Victoria Burbank

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351916661

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 5098

Drawing on ethnography of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia, Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia focuses on the current ways in which indigenous people confront and manage various aspects of death. The contributors employ their contemporary and long-term anthropological fieldwork with indigenous Australians to construct rich accounts of indigenous practices and beliefs and to engage with questions relating to the frequent experience of death within the context of unprecedented change and premature mortality. The volume makes use of extensive empirical material to address questions of inequality with specific reference to mortality, thus contributing to the anthropology of indigenous Australia whilst attending to its theoretical, methodological and political concerns. As such, it will appeal not only to anthropologists but also to those interested in social inequality, the social and psychosocial consequences of death, and the conceptualization and manipulation of the relationships between the living and the dead.


Legacy of a Longitudinal Growth Study in Central Australia

Author: Tasman Brown,Grant C. Townsend,Sandra K. Pinkerton,James R. Rogers

Publisher: University of Adelaide Press

ISBN: 0987073001

Category: History

Page: 302

View: 8457

This book provides a comprehensive account of a unique pioneering longitudinal study of human growth that continues to contribute to our knowledge and raise new questions 60 years after it commenced. Although over 200 scientific publications have arisen from the study, this book describes, in a single volume, the key researchers involved, the Australian Aboriginal people from Yuendumu who participated in the study, and the main outcomes. The findings have provided new insights into how teeth function, as well as factors affecting oral health and physical growth. General readers, as well as students and researchers, will find much of interest in this volume.

Reverse Anthropology

Indigenous Analysis of Social and Environmental Relations in New Guinea

Author: Stuart Kirsch

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804753425

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 6603

Stuart Kirsch is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He has consulted widely on environmental issues and land rights in the Pacific, and was actively involved in the political campaign and legal case against the environmental impact of the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea.

The education of poor and minority children

a world bibliography. Supplement, 1979-1985

Author: Meyer Weinberg

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group


Category: Education

Page: 849

View: 6043

With this first supplement to his world bibliography, which was published in 1981, Weinberg continues his efforts to retrieve and provide access to the many invaluable contributions on the subject of educating the world's poor and minority children that are frequently overlooked in the prevailing emphasis on mainstream educational and institutional concerns. Covering the literature that appeared between 1979 and 1985 in some 20,000 entries, this volume offers a detailed introduction to schooling as it is affected by the social, economic, and political forces around it.

The Interpretation of Cultures

Author: Clifford Geertz

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465093566

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

View: 2211

In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.

Aboriginal child poverty

Author: Christine Choo,Brotherhood of St. Laurence,Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780947081331

Category: Political Science

Page: 126

View: 9526


Indigenous Peoples' Food Systems & Well-being

Interventions & Policies for Healthy Communities

Author: Harriet V. Kuhnlein,Bill Erasmus,Dina Spigelski,Barbara A. Burlingame

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 398

View: 5496

The case studies presented in this book show the wealth of knowledge in indigenous communities in diverse ecosystems, the richness of their food resources, the strengths of the local traditional food systems, how people think about and use these foods, the influx of industrial and purchased food, and the circumstances of the nutrition transition in indigenous communities--Publisher's description.

Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond

Author: Y. Musharbash,G. Presterudstuen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137448652

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

View: 7204

Offering a dialogue between anthropology and literature, culture, and media, this book presents fine-grained ethnographic vignettes of monsters dwelling in the contemporary world. These monsters hail from Aboriginal Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and Europe, and their presence is inextricably intertwined with the lives of those they haunt.

Performing the Divine

Mediums, Markets and Modernity in Urban Vietnam

Author: Kirsten W. Endres

Publisher: Nordic Inst of Asian Studies

ISBN: 9788776940768

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 6208

"Vietnam in the last two decades has experienced not only market reform and significant economic growth but also a related, symbiotic revival of popular religion. It is no surprise, then, that popular beliefs and rituals that once were attacked as wasteful and superstitious have again become a conspicuous feature of contemporary urban and rural life. A new blossoming of spirit mediumship has been part of this revival, not least that involving ritual possession by the deities of the Four Palace Pantheon, which this study based in urban Hanoi brings to life with a deft handling of complex theory, historical research, ethnographic material and analysis. This is indeed a sojourn into the world of mediumship in contemporary urban Vietnam - a spirited world full of colour, laughter, music and ritual dance that operates according to its own rules and principles - but it is also an insightful study of spirituality, performance, gender and heritage, one that highlights the fluidity of ritual practice and contestations of ritual performance among practitioners."--Publisher's website.