The concept of “home” is multifaceted and complex. This is especially so for Aboriginal people who are forcibly removed from their land, retain deep spiritual and cultural attachments to their traditional homes, but have been forced to create new communities. This essay looks at the concepts of home and place from a contemporary Aboriginal perspective. It looks at the way in which Aboriginal families have navigated assimilation policies such as the removal of Aboriginal children from their families and shows the impact on and legacy of such policies on Aboriginal people today. It includes personal reflections and analysis of some of the future implications for government policy relating to Aboriginal people in Australia.
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Larissa Behrendt; Home: The Importance of Place to the Dispossessed. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 January 2009; 108 (1): 71–85. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-2008-023
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