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Settlement: A History of Australian Indigenous Housing

This thought-provoking and insightful edited collection explores the diverse and elusive meanings of the word ‘settlement’. One definition, ‘living area’, is a neutral term—an abstract noun referring to human habitation patterns and lifeways. Part I of the book introduces this meaning and analyses how traditional and post-traditional forms of settlement conjoined the spatial and the social. The second usage of ‘settlement’ is the name often given by white Australians to their local Aboriginal institution, compound or mission. Here, Aboriginals were supposed to have been ‘settled’; that is, made quiescent, Europeanised, sedentary, Christian, punctual, obedient or civilised! It is that meaning of the common noun which applies most appropriately to Part II, which examines the forced and often unhappy government and church institutions, and the town camps. Part III returns to the first sense of living patterns, and considers the period after the Second World War. Part IV examines 'unsettling', and confronts received wisdom and complacency in respect of Indigenous-specific architecture, from large prisons to household plumbing. Lastly, the final chapter considers the complexity of 'settlement' as justice, acquittal or release.
Publication Details
Name of Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Place of Publication: Canberra
Resource Type: Monograph
ISBN: 0855753633
Publication Year: 2000
Publication Frequency: Other
Subject Covered: Social services & public welfare; Indigenous peoples