Urban Identity

Fredericks, Bronwyn (2004) Urban Identity. Eureka Street, 14(10), pp. 30-31.

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This essay presents some of the issues associated with urban Indigenous identity including the problematic tensions with the use of the words: 'authentic', 'real', 'tribal', 'traditional', 'contemporary', and other labels that are ladden with cultural and social stereotypes of what some people in society have come to believe. This essay asks what if Aboriginal people don't fit these stereotypical depictions? It puts forward the argument that living in urban centres is as much a reality for Aboriginal people as living in a discrete Aboriginal rural, regional or isolated community. This reality includes using a range of accommodation options, buying goods and services, finding a job, participating in sporting groups, clubs and organisations and sharing and interacting with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. It also includes trying to find or make space within the city for Aboriginal cultures, languages, individual and collective expression, establishment and maintenance of Aboriginal organisations, programs, services and other structures.

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ID Code: 13425
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Aboriginal, Indigenous, urban, identity, Australia
ISSN: 1036-1758
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 02 May 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:58

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