Aboriginal Australians, Hippies and the State

Rosita Henry, Berghahn books.

“This bookmakes an original contribution to contemporary ethnography in a number of ways. It is a detailed documentation of the historical emergence and transformation of the alternative lifestyle movement and so it will be of interest not only to anthropologists working on western society but also to other social scientists interested in contemporary popular culture.  ·  Andrew Lattas, University of Bergen

During the 1970s a wave of “counter-culture” people moved into rural communities in many parts of Australia. This study focuses in particular on the town of Kuranda in North Queensland and the relationship between the settlers and the local Aboriginal population, concentrating on a number of linked social dramas that portrayed the use of both public and private space. Through their public performances and in their everyday spatial encounters, these people resisted the bureaucratic state but, in the process, they also contributed to the cultivation and propagation of state effects.

Rosita Henry is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and a Fellow of the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia. She is co-editor of The Challenge of Indigenous Peoples: Spectacle or Politics? (2011) and author of numerous articles on the political anthropology of place and performance.


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