Speaking without subtitles? ; Indigenous voice and anthropolgy during 'the intervention'

Young, Amy (2008). Speaking without subtitles? ; Indigenous voice and anthropolgy during 'the intervention' Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Young, Amy
Thesis Title Speaking without subtitles? ; Indigenous voice and anthropolgy during 'the intervention'
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2008-10-24
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Sally Babidge.
Total pages 53
Language eng
Subjects 1601 Anthropology
Formatted abstract

Anthropology has long been in a process of critical analysis. Central to this internal analysis is questioning what role anthropologists might play, given the frequency with which their research subjects "speak back". To address "speaking back" anthropologists have reconsidered ethnographic methodology, and a role as collaborator and even advocate. In my work I examine what role anthropological voices have and might play where Indigenous voices are present in discussing government policies regarding Australian Indigenous people. I examine the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) launched by the Australian Federal Government in 2007 , which provides a scenario where Indigenous voices were prevalent in the media, while anthropologists were perceived by some as silent. Underlying the Australian media's treatment of Indigenous voices throughout the NTER is the concept of identity. Using Appadurai (1996), I examine the types of discussions on diversity and identity that anthropology potentially brings to complex political situations . While anthropologists might contribute a lot to media analysis, anthropologists own research is also manipulated when engaging with the media. From my work, it is apparent that both Indigenous and anthropological voices shift from being unified to diverse, and this fluid commentary is difficult to communicate. Ultimately, I question Australian anthropological practices and examine extending ethnographic methodologies into different territory, like having a constant continuous collaborative dialogue between Indigenous communities and anthropologists.

Keyword Northern Territory Emergency Response
Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations.

 
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