Melancholic attachments : the making and medicalisation of Aboriginal 'loss'
This thesis examines the loss of Aboriginal Australians as both an embodied experience and a powerful form of identity-construction. The focus of research is on southeast Australia where Aboriginal people, having suffered profound and often violent dispossession and state-authorised intrusion into their lives and communities, have been consistently defined in terms of their 'loss' of those qualities seen to constitute 'authentic' Aboriginality. I show how Aborigines have taken up and...[Show more]
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