Women, power, and provisioning : women's place in the control of material subsistence resources in Australian Aboriginal communities

Kanowski, M. (Margaret.) (1984). Women, power, and provisioning : women's place in the control of material subsistence resources in Australian Aboriginal communities Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Kanowski, M. (Margaret.)
Thesis Title Women, power, and provisioning : women's place in the control of material subsistence resources in Australian Aboriginal communities
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1984
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Ian Keen
Total pages 105
Language eng
Subjects L
379902 Aboriginal Studies
Formatted abstract

This paper examines the position of women in Remote Australian Aboriginal communities, focusing on the ability to control material resources for subsistence. It argues that characterizations of women as once powerful but now passive and dependent in the provisioning sphere are simplistic. They misrepresent a female role that demonstrates ideological and practical continuity with the allocations of a precontact sexual division of labour across a broad range of communities. At the same time, within the overarching conditions of European domination, and in the interaction of Aboriginal and capitalist systems, fundamental contextual and material differences inform the gender relations surrounding subsistence. In the contemporary situation, both the bases and extent of women’s subsistence power have changed, and a discontinuity between women and men has been qualitatively altered.

Keyword Women, Aboriginal Australian
Women, Aboriginal Australian -- Social conditions

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