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Aboriginal Children, History and Health

Beyond Social Determinants, 1st Edition

Edited by John Boulton


238 pages

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This volume traces the complex reasons behind the disturbing discrepancy between the health and well-being of children in mainstream Australia and those in remote Indigenous communities. Invaluably informed by Boulton’s close working knowledge of Aboriginal communities, the book addresses growth faltering as a crisis of Aboriginal parenting and a continued problem for the Australian nation. The high rate and root causes of ill-health amongst Aboriginal children are explored through a unique synthesis of historical, anthropological, biological and medical analyses. Through this fresh approach, which includes the insights of specialists from a range of disciplines, Aboriginal Children, History and Health provides a thoughtful and innovative framework for considering Indigenous health.


"Aboriginal Children, History and Health is both an emblematic story of the frontier in northern Australia and a guide to the hidden, persisting causes of indigenous disadvantage… Every sentence of his narrative breathes intellectual curiosity and empathy with his patients in the hectic, highly coloured remote community world."— Nicolas Rothwell, The Australian

Table of Contents

Foreword (Colin Tatz).


Part 1 The child in the human story

Chapter 2 The child and nurture in the human story

Gaynor Macdonald and John Boulton

Chapter 3 Childhood in deep human history: The evolutionary origins of human childhood

Ze’ev Hochberg

Chapter 4 Traditions of Aboriginal parenting

Gaynor Macdonald

Part 2 The child in political history

Chapter 5 A history of legislation and attitudes towards British, non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australian children

Rani Kerin

Chapter 6 The health of Aboriginal Children in Western Australian 1829 – 1960

Christine Choo

Part 3 Political and social disruptions to the pre-requisites of parenting

Chapter 7 Disrupting demography: population collapse and rebound

John Boulton

Chapter 8 Coolibah’s Story: Structural violence in the twentieth century

John Boulton

Chapter 9 The destruction of food resources at the colonial frontier

John Boulton

Part 4 Disorders of Child Growth and Development: a metric of structural violence

Chapter 10 Growth faltering as a metric of social exclusion and poverty

John Boulton

Chapter 11 A model of children’s growth and adaptation to nutritional stress

Ze’ev Hochberg and John Boulton

Part 5 Conclusion

Chapter 12 Growing up our way: beyond social determinants in the aetiology of growth faltering

John Boulton

Chapter 13 Reflections

John Boulton

About the Editor

John Boulton is Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General