How are global forces impacting on local lifestyles? Where does the personal stand in relation to globalization? Global Forces and Local Life-Worlds explores these questions using a mixture of sociological and anthropological analysis and case study methods. Demonstrating the tensions between retaining cultural integrity in the face of the levelling processes associated with modernity, this book: locates the problems of globalization and localization in the appropriate anthropological and sociological dimensions; examines the relationship between culture and identity; and explores the varieties of modernity.
Chapter 13: Autochthonous Australian Syncretism
Seventy percent of Aboriginal Australians live in cities and large towns and experience many of the benefits and drawbacks of modern globalized life. Yet most still consider Aboriginality as being defined through pre-colonial tradition. All ethnic identities are subject to being defined and redefined through public representations. Colonial/settler ideology in Australia has cast autochthonous people in a range of roles – the noble savage, the vicious and demoralized fringe dweller, the child-like subject of state and missionary paternalism. Such representations endure even where the social conditions on which they are built have dissolved. In this article, I argue that contemporary Aboriginality has yet to obtain robust public expression. In their engagement with broader society, many Aboriginal urban dwellers fall back ...