[Truncated] Based on fifteen months fieldwork, this thesis is an ethnographic account of crosscultural engagements between Noongar and non-Aboriginal people, focussing on the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia. I have engaged equally with Aboriginal (mainly Noongar) and non-Aboriginal people and gathered detailed data that allow me to investigate the social processes of cross-cultural interactions. The thesis also presents ethnographic material focussed on contemporary Noongar cultural practices. The first chapter begins with a brief reflection on the notion of culture, as the use of the term by participants was prevalent throughout my fieldwork. This is followed by an overview of the structure of the thesis. I make the point that interactions between Noongar and non-Aboriginal people are complex and, at first sight, hard to define because they derive from separate influences. I have identified three factors involved in cross-cultural processes: people's actions, social settings and cultural knowledge. This finding is refected in the three sections of the thesis: people's agency in cross-cultural engagement (Part One), finding a common ground: the intercultural body of knowledge (Part Two) and the constraints imposed by the Australian economy in shaping crosscultural engagement (Part Three).
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2008|
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