Culture crisis: anthropology and politics in Aboriginal Australia

Altman, Jon and Hinkson, Melinda 2010, Culture crisis: anthropology and politics in Aboriginal Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, N.S.W..

Title Culture crisis: anthropology and politics in Aboriginal Australia
Author(s) Altman, Jon
Hinkson, MelindaORCID iD for Hinkson, Melinda
Publication date 2010
Total pages 391
Publisher University of New South Wales Press
Place of Publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) History
Aboriginal Australians
Politics and government
Social life and customs
Summary In 2007 the Australian Government recognised that the health, safety and education of the nation’s remote Aboriginal citizens were in a state of crisis. Its response was what became known as the Northern Territory Intervention, which sparked a heated national debate about Indigenous disadvantage and autonomy. Moreover, it caused Australian anthropologists to question the contribution of their own discipline. Anthropology has always informed and provoked policy change, and has a tradition of confirming difference. So why did the government assume that Aboriginal culture must be interrupted, reshaped and developed, in order to be successful? In Culture Crisis, some of Australia’s leading anthropologists put the ‘Culture Wars’ under the microscope, dissecting the notion of difference and asking whether this is a useful way of looking at the problems remote Indigenous Australians face. An urgently needed dialogue, this book unflinchingly confronts the policies that have failed these communities and shows how the discipline of anthropology can still provide hope.
ISBN 1742240097
Language eng
Field of Research 0 Not Applicable
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category A1.1 Books - authored - research
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