Place, identity and stigma: blocks and the 'blockies' of Tara, Queensland, Australia

Makki, Muhammad and van Vuuren, Kitty (2016) Place, identity and stigma: blocks and the 'blockies' of Tara, Queensland, Australia. GeoJournal, 1-15. doi:10.1007/s10708-016-9730-2

Author Makki, Muhammad
van Vuuren, Kitty
Title Place, identity and stigma: blocks and the 'blockies' of Tara, Queensland, Australia
Journal name GeoJournal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0343-2521
Publication date 2016-07-15
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10708-016-9730-2
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article explores the role of geographical context in generating a stigmatised identity among residents of Tara rural subdivisions in the coal seam gas fields in Queensland’s Western Downs. The research was based on qualitative interviews with Tara ‘Blockies’, as these residents are commonly referred to, that revealed how their existence in the middle of an agrarian region resulted in the assignation of a stigma that has marked them as different, and subsequently devalued their status. We explain that this distinction and category division of the normals, referring to Tara’s Agrarian residents, from the ‘stigmatised’ led to an antagonistic relationship that prevented successful socio-cultural assimilation. We demonstrate how an immoral place becomes disadvantaged, resulting in poor well-being, and how imposed labels threaten the self-esteem of its occupants.
Keyword Stigma
Coal seam gas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 18 Jul 2016, 14:02:14 EST by Dr Kitty Van Vuuren on behalf of School of Communication and Arts