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Musharbash, Yasmine: Yuendumu Everyday. Contemporary life in remote Aboriginal Australia, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra 2008, ISBN 9780855756611

Table of Contents        ¦         Cover Text        ¦         Book Review

Table of Contents

Illustrations -vi-

Acknowledgements -vii-

Note on spelling and orthography -x-

Everyday life in a remote Aboriginal settlement -1-

Camps, houses and ngurra -26-

Transforming jilimi -46-

In the jilimi: mobility -59-

In the jilimi: immediacy -77-

In the jilimi: intimacy -95-

Intimacy, mobility and immediacy during the day -112-

Tamsin’s fantasy -139-

Conclusion -150-

Appendix: Yuendumu infrastructure -158-

Glossary -163-

Notes -167-

Bibliography -183-

Index -194-

Cover Text

In a refreshingly readable writing style, "Yuendumu Everyday" explores contemporary everyday life in a central Australian Aboriginal settlement through the interplay between a not-so-distant hunter-gatherer past and the realities of living in a first-world nation-state. "Yuendumu Everyday" interweaves narrative portraits of five Warlpiri women with anthropological analysis. By following the women’s actions and the situations they find themselves in, Musharbash identifies intimacy, immediacy and mobility as the core principles underpinning contemporary remote everyday life. Musharbash presents rich vignettes about life in the camps of Yuendumu, and by considering such apparently mundane matters as "What is a camp?" and, "How does that relate to houses?", she leads the reader into a world of discovery about the ways in which Warlpiri people connect to each other, to non-Indigenous people, and to the state. By transcending the general, and illuminating the personal, Musharbash invites readers to ponder the questions raised, not just at an abstract level, but as they relate to people’s actual lives. In doing so,"Yuendumu Everyday" significantly expands our understandings of Indigenous Australia.