ERIC Number: ED190236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Social Integration of Fringe-Dwelling Aboriginal Children and Their Families in Selected Townships of South Australia.
Ebbeck, F. N.
This paper discusses the problems faced by young Australian Aboriginal families and particularly their children as they attempt to find a satisfactory solution to being Aboriginal in a dominant white urban society. The paper is restricted to a consideration of country-urban Aborigines categorized as 'fringe dwellers,' because they live predominantly both on the outskirts of townships and on the edge of a foreign and urban culture. After a brief discussion on what it means to be an Aborigine in 1980 and a portrayal of some differences between the traditional Aboriginal culture and the dominant Australian culture into which the Aborigine is rapidly moving, aspects of health, welfare and education as they assist or hinder the development of the young families and their children in coping with living in a positive way are considered. It is argued that although many of the social problems inherent in a subculture of poverty can still be found among fringe-dwelling Aborigines, these people have made considerable advancement in a European sense during the past decade, especially they have moved from dependence to independence, developed social skills of home management, learned to use health, welfare and education services as a service and not as a crutch in times of crisis, and participated more readily in the structure and organizations of the white society. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aboriginal People; Australia
Note: Paper presented at the World Assembly of the World Organization for Preschool Education (OMEP), (16th, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, July 28-August 2, 1980).