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'Going up' or 'going down'
 — the status of old people in an Australian Aboriginal society
Author(s)Janice Reid
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 5, part 1, March 1985
Pagespp 69-95
KeywordsSocial characteristics [elderly] ; Social structure ; Australia.
AnnotationMost statements about the treatment and fortunes of elderly Australian Aborigines have emphasised their wisdom and sanctity and the respect and affection due to elderly relatives. Ethnographic research among the Yolngu (Murngin) of Arnhem Land suggests that the actual situation of an old person depends on an interplay of structural, situational and individual factors, including personal qualities, family support, seniority, sex, ecology and land use patterns and the effects of white colonisation and social change. Cases are presented and discussed to illustrate the variable fortunes of old Aborigines and their determinants. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-930611093 A
ClassmarkF: TM: 7YA

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