Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia

Katie Glaskin, Myrna Tonkinson, Yasmine Musharbash, Victoria Burbank

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    The focus of this book, on death in Indigenous Australia, arises from the situation Indigenous Australians confront in their life-worlds today. As we believe this volume demonstrates, mourning and related practices have become especially germane for indigenous people in contemporary Australia, and this phenomenon reflects on their experiences as indigenous people in a post-settler society. In Australia, a country that enjoys immense wealth, based primarily on mining, Indigenous Australians suffer the highest mortality rates of any social or cultural group, with life expectancy rates that are 20 years lower than those of the average Australian.1 These significantly greater rates of premature and preventable mortality are to be found whether one is looking at urban, rural or remote indigenous communities. Ill-health and death are ubiquitous in Indigenous Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages260
    ISBN (Print)9781315248646
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Publication series

    NameAnthropology and Cultural history in Asia and the Indo-Pacific


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