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Autobiographical Memory in an Aboriginal Australian by A. Monchamp

By A. Monchamp

This ebook stocks and analyses the tales of Opal, a senior Alyawarra girl. via her tales the reader glimpses the cruel colonial realities which many Aboriginal Australians have confronted, highlighting the cultural embeddedness of autobiographical reminiscence from a philosophical, mental and anthropological viewpoint.

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All of these statements refer to time spent away from her family and community, when she was working in the stock camps and later when she was working at the police station. Here again we can detect common ground with the psychological descriptions of allocentric self-construal insofar as allocentric construals of the self are said to require that participants are knowledgeable about the others implicated in their self-construal through greater cognitive elaboration. This greater cognitive elaboration makes an allocentric construal of self possible.

44 An ecosystem is not a ‘bounded unit’ but it is also not totally lacking in cohesion; boundaries but not borders. Just as we can discern different ecosystems in nature and we can demarcate them on definitional grounds, it is also the case that in the world snakes slither whither they will. The flora and fauna of diverse ecosystems encroach and defend, share and destroy, in various ways permeating and engaging with the ecosystems which surround them and of which they are necessarily a part. Introduction: Remembering Alpurrurulam 19 Through these relationships – between philosopher Gilbert Ryle and anthropologist Clifford Geertz, between Geertz and psychologists like Markus, Kitayama and Triandis – philosophy, anthropology and psychology are all coming to bear on the questions of memory, culture and self-construal.

Stephanie: …and then go back out bush. Anne: Oh, yeah, yeah. Opal: I been liven at Beantree now me and Polly. Stupid question Anne: Opal: Anne: Opal: Anne: When was this? When did you come up here… what year was it? Wintertime. Wintertime. And then you camped down by the river, yeah, there was an old camp down there? Yeah, big camp down there, big mob been camped down there. Big mob, how many people lived down there? 5 Opal: Dotty getting grubs from a tree near the Georgina River Big mob been live down there, ’nother mob from this way, big mob been mostly come up from (place name) [this last statement is accompanied by hand gestures showing the related places].

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