Caging the Rainbow: Places, Politics, and Aborigines in a North Australian Town

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University of Hawaii Press, 1998 - Social Science - 285 pages
Caging the Rainbow explores the lives of Aborigines in the small regional town of Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. Francesca Merlan combines ethnography and theory to grapple with issues surrounding the debate about the authenticity of contemporary cultural activity. Throughout, the vulnerability of Fourth World peoples to others' representations of them and the ethical problems this poses are kept in view.
 

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Contents

From Place to Town
48
We Useta Walk Around All the People
76
Tribes and Town II 4
115
Changing
149
Struggles in Town Space
182
Do Places Appear? Further Struggle
209
Conclusions
229
References
263
Index
277
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Francesca Merlan is professor of anthropology at the Australian National University.

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