Reimagining Aboriginality

Veena Das, Arthur Kleinman, Margaret Lock, Mamphela Ramphele and Pamela Reynolds

in Remaking a World

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223295
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924857 | DOI:
Reimagining Aboriginality

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This chapter argues that social pathologies, which are the expressed forms of social suffering, cannot only be transferred to the level of the individual. It also explores the social response to social suffering, and describes the concept of aboriginality as part of the fundamental matrix of this response. This chapter notes that aboriginality includes modern political and social relations as Indigenous peoples negotiate their identities within the nation state, and is partly manifested through the acting and telling upon a certain historical identity.

Keywords: social pathologies; social suffering; social response; aboriginality; political and social relations; Indigenous peoples; historical identity

Chapter.  10830 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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