In Australia, it's 'Aboriginal' with a capital 'A': Aboriginality, politics and identity

Glowczewski-Barker, Barbara (2005) In Australia, it's 'Aboriginal' with a capital 'A': Aboriginality, politics and identity. In: Tcherkezoff, Serge, and Douaire-Marsaudon, Francoise, (eds.) The changing South Pacific: identities and transformations. Pandanus Books, Canberra, ACT, Australia, pp. 133-157.

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Abstract

Sometime in the 1960s, for both ethical and political reasons, the term 'Aboriginal' and 'Aboriginal' began to be written with a capital 'A', thus becoming an ethnonym; it applied to the descendants of the first inhabitants of the Australian continent, some 500 groups speaking different languages and designated - even now - by different names. Today, Aboriginal groups have not only different languages and cultural backgrounds, but different histories as well - reserves, separation of children from parents, mixed descent - all of which has put more or less distance between them and their heritage. And yet many still claim that there is such a thing as an 'Aboriginality' which unites everyone under the same identity, even if not everyone can agree on its definition.

Item ID: 7461
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: aboriginal identity; Australia
ISBN: 1740762037
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2009 23:09
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 51%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940106 Citizenship and National Identity @ 49%
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