Blackfellows, whitefellows and head lice

Trigger, David S. (1981) Blackfellows, whitefellows and head lice. Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Newsletter, 15: 63-72.

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Author Trigger, David S.
Title Blackfellows, whitefellows and head lice
Journal name Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Newsletter
ISSN 0004-9344
Publication date 1981
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Issue 15
Start page 63
End page 72
Total pages 10
Place of publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are considered favourably by many Aboriginal residents at Doomadgee Mission on the Nicholson River in the far north-west corner of Queensland. This paper presents descriptive data that portray what people do with, and what they think about, head lice. It also discusses some European reactions to the lice, and refers to a general theoretical concept of 'social grooming'. In the cross-cultural context portrayed, the data demonstrate the inappropriateness of imposing ethnocentric European definitions about illness and health on Aboriginal populations.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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