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Aboriginal Health and History : Power and Prejudice in Remote Australia - Ernest Hunter

Aboriginal Health and History

Power and Prejudice in Remote Australia

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The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1987-1991) focused attention on the behavioural dimension of Aboriginal health and the lack of appropriate services. This book is a systematic analysis of the sociohistorical and intercultural aspects of mental health in one area of remote Australia, the Kimberly. The author shows how the effects of social disruption, cultural dislocation and loss of power suffered by Aboriginal people have manifested themselves in certain behavioural patterns. The book analyses rising mortality rates from suicide, accidents and homicide amongst Kimberley Aboriginal communities and studies the economic impact of alcohol on these communities. It also considers the role of alcohol in producing violent behaviour and affecting the general level of health.

"...an important addition to a still small, but growing, library of books on the health of aboriginal peoples of the world." T. Kue Young, Annales CRMCC "...there is much of value here for anyone interested in substance use and abuse, as well as for anyone interested in the impact of European contact on indigenous peoples." Stephen J. Kunitz, Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Figuresp. xi
Tablesp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Caduceus and Clipboardp. 1
Setting and setp. 1
The regionp. 1
Guiding framesp. 4
Methodologiesp. 8
Research: paths and mazesp. 9
Mortality reviewp. 11
Suicides and cellsp. 11
Pilot community surveysp. 13
Population-based surveyp. 17
Fruitful digressionsp. 21
Notesp. 23
Timep. 24
Introductionp. 24
Acts and actorsp. 26
New arrivals in an old landp. 35
Explorationp. 35
Settlement: gold, cattle, pearls, convertsp. 36
Government nomadsp. 47
Opportunity and exclusionp. 49
Notesp. 51
Mabarn and Medicinep. 52
Introductionp. 52
Dangerous occupationsp. 52
Systems in conflictp. 54
Perceptions and policyp. 57
Stigmatised contagionsp. 58
Venereal diseasesp. 58
Leprosyp. 61
Hospitals and beyondp. 67
Changing fortunesp. 72
Notesp. 75
Mortality in a Time of Changep. 76
The populationp. 76
The studyp. 78
Findingsp. 80
Discussionp. 86
Notesp. 89
Alcoholp. 90
Introductionp. 90
Settingp. 91
Framesp. 92
Alcohol misuse: theories and consequencesp. 92
In the general populationp. 92
Correlates and consequencesp. 94
In the Aboriginal populationp. 94
Quantitative studiesp. 102
Alcohol 'problems' and impressionistic reportsp. 103
Clinical studiesp. 104
Population studiesp. 105
Aboriginal alcohol consumption in the Kimberleyp. 109
The samplep. 110
Assessmentsp. 110
Questionsp. 111
Resultsp. 112
Summaryp. 125
Notesp. 127
Suicidep. 133
Introductionp. 133
Definitionsp. 134
Suicide and indigenous populationsp. 135
Suicide and Aboriginesp. 139
Aborigines: incarceration and suicidep. 141
The Royal Commissionp. 141
International experiencep. 144
Kimberley suicides in custodyp. 145
Lock-up studyp. 147
Kimberley Aboriginal suicides: 1957-1989p. 149
Suicides: 1957-1987p. 150
Suicides: 1988-1989p. 154
The parental generationp. 156
Related issuesp. 157
Alcohol and suicidep. 157
Suicide and Aboriginal social integrationp. 160
Notesp. 162
Bloodlines: Violence to Self and Othersp. 166
Self-mutilationp. 166
Ritual mutilationp. 167
Non-traditional self-mutilationp. 168
Intentional personal violencep. 173
Present-day Aboriginal violencep. 174
Aboriginal personal violence: a paradigmp. 175
'Mission boys' and 'warriors'p. 187
Convergencesp. 190
Notesp. 198
Issues of Identityp. 200
Introductionp. 200
Definitions and usagep. 201
Aborigines and Aboriginalityp. 202
Resilience or stagnation?p. 202
Levels of continuityp. 204
Elements of changep. 209
Contact and conflictp. 209
Adaptation and survivalp. 210
Assimilation and self-determinationp. 218
Consequences for childrenp. 229
Anomie, exclusion and powerlessnessp. 236
Living on the edge: gambling and Aboriginesp. 241
Aboriginal gambling in the Kimberleyp. 243
Summaryp. 251
Notesp. 252
Structures and Changep. 254
Sociocultural impositionsp. 254
Imposed constructionsp. 256
Imposed structuresp. 258
Imposed problemsp. 261
Imposed solutionsp. 263
Induced change: 'development' and its vicissitudesp. 267
Attribution and allied theoriesp. 268
Social change and development: a paradigmp. 270
And Australian Aborigines?p. 281
Notesp. 287
Referencesp. 288
Indexp. 314
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ISBN: 9780521416290
ISBN-10: 0521416299
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th May 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.75