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ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES : Riding buses in Darwin: dilemmas for the accidental anthropologist Other events...
The Northern Territory's capital city, Darwin, plays host to thousands of Aboriginal visitors at any one time. Darwin also serves as a base for anthropologists who work in many different capacities throughout the northern parts of the NT, some permanent residents and others visiting for weeks or months.

In this paper I present ethnographic examples of the (now relatively common) awkward, sometimes even hostile, encounters between Aboriginal and White people in public places like streets, shopping centres and buses. They reveal the differences in values and interests of the members of both groups. Some of these involve our actual or potential informants who, in common with the rest of the Aboriginal visitors, have come to Darwin to attend meetings, visit relatives, receive medical treatment or simply have a good time. The encounters range from the relatively innocuous to expressions of violence and assault. And although it might be assumed these incidents are alcohol inflamed, this is not always the case. As anthropologists on the spot, how do we intervene? Do we pretend not to be there? The assessments we make, often within seconds, clearly depend on the severity of the situation. Yet, there are many other factors we face, for example whether participants are part of our own professional or social field, whether we know one of them, or whether we have conferred fictive kinship. I explore some of the theoretical aspects of these encounters and moral dilemmas we face as the field of our workplaces extends into the capital city.
Speaker(s) Chris Haynes, Anthropology & Sociology, UWA
Location Social Sciences Building Room 2.204
Contact Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:30
End Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 14 Oct 2015 13:09
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