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Labor's Lot The Power, History, and Culture of Aboriginal Action

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ISBN-10: 0226676749

ISBN-13: 9780226676746

Edition: 1993

Authors: Elizabeth A. Povinelli

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How does an Aboriginal community see itself, its work, and its place on the land? Elizabeth Povinelli goes to the Belyuen community of northern Australia to show how it draws from deep connections between labor, language, and the landscape. Her findings challenge Western notions of "productive labor" and longstanding ideas about the role of culture in subsistence economies. In Labor's Lot, Povinelli shows how everyday activities shape Aboriginal identity and provide cultural meaning. She focuses on the Belyuen women's interactions with the countryside and on Belyuen conflicts with the Australian government over control of local land. Her analysis raises serious questions about the validity of Western theories about labor and culture and their impact on Aboriginal society. Povinelli's focus on women's activities provides an important counterpoint to recent works centering on male roles in hunter-gatherer societies. Her unique "cultural economy" approach overcomes the dichotomy between the two standard approaches to these studies. Labor's Lot will engage anyone interested in indigenous peoples or in the relationship between culture and economy in contemporary social practice.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/16/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. She is the author ofThe Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and CarnalityandThe Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism, both also published by Duke University Press, as well asLaborrsquo;s Lot: The Power, History, and Culture of Aboriginal Action.

List of Maps and Tables
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Setting Up Labor-Action: Legitimate Law, Identity, History
Legal Entanglements Aboriginal Action and Identity
Positioning Aborigines Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Aboriginal Pasts
Assessing Labor-Action: Dreaming, Development, Knowledge/Power
Labor's Lot The Construction of Human Bodies and the Countryside
"Today We Struggle" Contemporary Hunting, Fishing, and Collecting and the Market
"Being There" Dreaming and Development as Political Frames for Land Use
The Assessment of Cultural Identity and Political-Economic Practice
A Conclusion
Appendixes
Notes
Works Cited Index