Nothing is black or white : indigenous and non-indigenous youth's readings of identity

Proud, Monique (2007). Nothing is black or white : indigenous and non-indigenous youth's readings of identity Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Proud, Monique
Thesis Title Nothing is black or white : indigenous and non-indigenous youth's readings of identity
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2007
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Patricia Short
Total pages 68
Language eng
Subjects L
379902 Aboriginal Studies
Formatted abstract

On the basis of a small-scale, comparative study of two groups of young people, one Indigenous youths and the other non-Indigenous youths, this research proposes that Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth not only read Aboriginal identity differently, but they also not read Aboriginal identity differently. The aim of this research was to uncover some of the ways in which Aboriginal identity is perceived across different contexts and settings. The research attempts to reveal the identity markers and identity rules (McCrone et al. 1 999) used in reading identity, specifically in regard to reading Australian Aboriginal identity. It is not concerned with the validity of interpretations of identity but rather with processes of reading identity, identity construction and the claims which underlie this process. The research highlights the contextual nature of Aboriginal identity as embedded in historical, socio-cultural and political discourses, processes and conventions. While there were limited readings of Aboriginal identity in both groups this thesis posits that this was the result from different processes of identification occurring in the two groups. While the Indigenous youth appeared to draw on personal and cultural knowledges and discourses as well as dominant discourses surrounding Aboriginality in their readings of identity. The non-Indigenous youth seemed to draw only dominant or popular discourses of Aboriginality in their readings. For each group, their particular readings of Aboriginal identity were shaped by the broader cultural and political landscapes of race relations in Australia.

Keyword Indigenous and White/European Australians

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