ERIC Number: ED353832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Aboriginal-White Encounter: Towards Better Communication.
Bain, Margaret S.
The research reported here seeks to explain communication failure between Whites and Aboriginals in Australia, based on an examination of fundamental concepts underlying the world view of each group. The research arose from the observation that in Aboriginal-White encounters, each group had different expectations of and conclusions about the same events, often leading to misunderstanding and resentment. The study focuses on one such encounter occurring in 1968, during a change in government policy toward Aboriginal self-determination. The first eight chapters seek to explain the problems by stages: recognition by Aborigines and Whites of a cross-cultural communication problem; analysis of the communication in the encounters; comparison of four researchers' accounts of Aboriginal sacred rites; consideration of Aboriginal concepts of time and space; cross-cultural contrast in degrees of abstraction (Piagetian theory); description of the 1968 encounter; examination of the Aborigines' language, Pitjantjatjara; examination of the Aborigines' responses to a series of questions to shed light on degree of abstraction in Aboriginal thinking; and contrast of Aboriginal and White concepts of process. The three subsequent chapters summarize and synthesize the contrasts in abstraction and process, draw theoretical implications, and look at practical implications for Aboriginal self-determination and self-management. A 77-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Anthropology, Australian Aboriginal Languages, Beliefs, Cognitive Processes, Communication Problems, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Cultural Traits, Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication, Language Research, Sociocultural Patterns, Sociolinguistics, Uncommonly Taught Languages, World Views
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Summer Inst. of Linguistics, Darwin (Australia). Australian Aborigines and Islanders Branch.