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Boredom, time, and modernity: An example from Aboriginal Australia

Musharbash, Yasmine


In this article, I explore an anthropologically underresearched topic, boredom, utilizing ethnographic data from the Australian Aboriginal settlement of Yuendumu and situating that research in a comparative perspective. I examine the concept's genesis and meaning at Yuendumu using the social-constructivist approach to boredom as proposed in literature studies, sociology, and philosophy. That approach provides an account of how the emergence of boredom in 18th-century Europe is linked to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: American Anthropologist
DOI: 10.1525/aa.2007.109.2.307


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