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Author Povinelli, Elizabeth A.

Title Labor's lot : the power, history, and culture of Aboriginal action / Elizabeth A. Povinelli
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1993


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 W'PONDS  306.0899915 Pov/Llt  DUE 04-01-22
Description xi, 331 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents Pt. 1. Setting Up Labor-Action: Legitimate Law, Identity, History. Ch. 1. Legal Entanglements: Aboriginal Action and Identity. Ch. 2. Positioning Aborigines: Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Aboriginal Pasts -- Pt. 2. Assessing Labor-Action: Dreaming, Development, Knowledge/Power. Ch. 3. Labor's Lot: The Construction of Human Bodies and the Countryside. Ch. 4. "Today We Struggle": Contemporary Hunting, Fishing, and Collecting and the Market. Ch. 5. "Being There": Dreaming and Development as Political Frames for Land Use. Ch. 6. The Assessment of Cultural Identity and Political-Economic Practice: A Conclusion
Summary Analysis of the role of labour in every day activities and its influence on the construction of identity among the Belyuen Aborigines, Cox Peninsula, NT; Western definitions of labour; Aboriginal relationship to land and land ownership; concepts of knowledge and the role of story; negotiation of the land claim process - Kenbi land Claim; representation of pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial Aboriginality in the Darwin region - Laragiya and Wagaitj; Aboriginal women's use and narratives of the past; interpretation of mythic labour and contemporary actions - spirit children, totems; activities affecting the mythic landscape - hunting and sweat; Belyuen economic structures; proportion of bush and store bought food in the diet; use of time; relations with the market economy - local stores, use of money; history of land use and colonial ownership in the Darwin region; contemporary Aboriginal use of the Belyuen region - settlement patterns; process of forming and maintaining cultural identity in contemporary political and economic power structures
Analysis Australian aborigines Culture
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliography
Notes Copy 2 - donation from Tom Austen Brown collection
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure -- Australia -- Cox Peninsula (N.T.)
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Cox Peninsula (N.T.) -- Economic conditions.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Cox Peninsula (N.T.) -- Ethnic identity.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Cox Peninsula -- Economic conditions
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Cox Peninsula -- Ethnic identity
Batjamal (Australian people)
Hunting and gathering societies -- Australia -- Northern Territory.
Hunting and gathering societies.
Land use -- Australia -- Cox Peninsula (N.T.)
Land use -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Cox Peninsula
Larrakia (Australian people)
Belyuen (N.T.) -- Economic conditions.
LC no. 93002511
ISBN 0226676730
0226676749 (paperback)