‘We don’t leave our identities at the city limits’ : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in urban localities
Fredericks, Bronwyn L. (2013) ‘We don’t leave our identities at the city limits’ : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in urban localities. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2013(1), pp. 4-16.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in cities and towns are often thought of as ‘less Indigenous’ than those who live ‘in the bush’, as though they were ‘fake’ Aboriginal people — while ‘real’ Aboriginal people live ‘on communities’ and ‘real’ Torres Strait Islander people live ‘on islands’. Yet more than 70 percent of Australia’s Indigenous peoples live in urban locations (ABS 2007), and urban living is just as much part of a reality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as living in remote discrete communities. This paper examines the contradictions and struggles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience when living in urban environments. It looks at the symbols of place and space on display in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Brisbane to demonstrate how prevailing social, political and economic values are displayed. Symbols of place and space are never neutral, and this paper argues that they can either marginalise and oppress urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, or demonstrate that they are included and engaged.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Bronwyn Fredericks is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), a member of the Indigenous Studies Research Network, QUT and a member of the National Inidgenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN)which is auspiced by QUT. Bronwyn Fredericks is a Professor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement at Central Queensland University, Australia.|
|Keywords:||Aboriginal , Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia, Urban, City, Brisbane, Melbourne, Place, Space, Environment|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society (169902)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 Bronwyn Fredericks|
|Deposited On:||14 Aug 2013 23:36|
|Last Modified:||16 Aug 2013 05:41|
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