Title

Look at them blokes! Got no bloody control see: Alcohol consumption and the Australian Aborigine

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Public Management

School

School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure

RAS ID

946

Comments

Groves, R., & Belk, R. W. (2001). "Look At Them Blokes! Got No Bloody Control See": Alcohol Consumption and the Australian Aborigine. ACR Asia-Pacific Advances.

Abstract

In Australia, alcohol has been central to Aboriginal-European relations since occupation. It signifies more than simply another commodity. Its use by Aborigines symbolically represents acceptance and inclusion within mainstream Australian society. To non-Aborigines, however, Aboriginal alcohol consumption more often symbolises lack of control, violent behaviour and Aboriginal untrustworthiness. It is also having a disastrous impact on remote Aboriginal communities of the Kimberley and is the major cause of their contemporary health problems. This study attempts to identify the reasons for alcohol abuse in these communities and the attempts to cope with the problem from an Aboriginal perspective.

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