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Exploring and researching the indigenous life course

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Walter, M, Exploring and researching the indigenous life course, Life Course Centre Working Paper Series pp. 1-17. (2022) [Professional, Refereed Article]


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Abstract

This paper addresses the question of how the life course approach can be applied to understand the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. A life course approach explainslife trajectories within the structural, social, and cultural contexts in which lives are lived. One problem for life course researchers focused on Indigenous populations is data limitations. Available Indigenous data cannot, and do not, yield meaningful portraits of the embodied realities of Indigenous lives. A second problem is the tendency to a deficit approach which always constructs Indigeneity as the problem. One new approach is the concept of a lifeworld and an understanding of life course as circular, not linear and deeply embedded within a historical context of decolonisation, marginalisation and disadvantage. Going forward Indigenous life course research must be framed by Indigenous lived realities, which are distinct from non-Indigenous lived realities. And Indigenous life course research must be Indigenous led. It may also be the right time to successfully advocate for the creation and curation of more relevant Indigenous data sources in Australia, to support a new approach.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:life course data Indigenous, Indigenous, lifeworld, data, intersubjectivity
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lifecourse
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
ID Code:154672
Year Published:2022
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (IN210100037)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-12-21
Last Modified:2022-12-21
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