Jack Highfold and Jack Jebydah single work   biography  
Issue Details: First known date: 1993 1993
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    y Outback Ghettos : A History of Aboriginal Institutionalisation and Survival Peggy Brock , Melbourne : Cambridge University Press , 1993 Z1582949 1993 selected work

    'Up until the 1970s, a large proportion of Aboriginal people in Australia had some experience in institutions as part of federal assimilation and protection policies. Focusing on three communities in South Australia, this book attempts to understand the consequences of this institutionalisation for Aborigines and Australian society in general. Peggy Brock uses the word 'ghetto' to evoke the nature of the missions in which, for generations, many Aboriginal people settled, as ghettos both oppress and nurture those who live within them. The missions were part of policies to control and segregate Aborigines, but the book shows that they often chose to live in the missions to ensure their own survival. Within the missions, Aborigines were able to establish distinctive communities and construct a strong, modern identity. The three communities considered in the book - Poonindie, Koonibba and Nepabunna - existed during distinct but overlapping periods and had varying responses to colonialism and mission life. In many cases, Aboriginal people associated themselves with the missions because they met urgent needs for survival: protection from a hostile world, access to rations, education and training in European skills. In fact, the missions for many became home. For others however, the emotional turmoil caused by the pressure to embrace Christianity on the one hand and the desire to maintain traditional ways on the other became unbearable.' (Source: WorldCat website)

    Melbourne : Cambridge University Press , 1993
    pg. 78, 79
Last amended 29 Apr 2009
  • Koonibba, Ceduna area, Northwest Eyre Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia,
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