Accepted paper:

Contingent belonging: the mundane vernaculars of making do in remote Australia

Authors:

Cameo Dalley (Deakin University)

Paper short abstract:

Non-Indigenous people are increasingly seen to occupy a precarious position in remote Australia, particularly where they are no longer able to sell their labour. A focus on what Ferguson has called the 'mundane vernaculars of making do', may provide a means through which to counter these discourses.

Paper long abstract:

Non-Indigenous people are increasingly seen to occupy a precarious position in remote Australia. This is especially true in places where a downturn in local industries means that there is no longer a viable market in which to sell their unskilled or semi-skilled labour. Nevertheless, in this paper I focus on what Ferguson has called the 'mundane vernaculars of making do', here taken to mean the social and economic practices which root working-class people in place. I draw on ethnography from a small town in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia where I have conducted fieldwork since 2013.

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