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Abstract

In this study, I address contemporary ways of looking after children and care giving roles women play in today's Aboriginal community in Brisbane, Australia. Data were collected through participant observation and interviews during field work in a family care centre managed by Indigenous women with the staff and their clients. My main contribution is in describing how various activities of the centre, such as parental programmes, women's gatherings, and rites of passage reflect the traditional models of child care and women's position in the family environment and how these models are perpetuated again in the modern urban environment. Furthermore, I present the implications for the contemporary Aboriginal community's understanding of their current culture as dynamic and open to change.

Keywords

Cultural Revitalization, Indigenous, Family Care, Ritual, Tradition, Ethnographic Methods of Interview, and Participant Observation

Publication Date

3-1-2011

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
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