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Learning her Culture and Growing up Strong’: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Fathers, Children and the sharing of Culture

Prehn, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0237-1513, Guerzoni, M and Peacock, H 2020 , 'Learning her Culture and Growing up Strong’: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Fathers, Children and the sharing of Culture' , Journal of Sociology , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.1177/1440783320934188.

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Abstract

Indigenous fathers play a central role in the lives of Indigenous children growing up strong.For Australia’s Indigenous people, growing strong includes the possessing heightened levels ofhealth, education and cultural knowledge. This article focuses on Indigenous fathers and howthey understand the importance of sharing cultural activities with their children. We argue thatthe sharing of Indigenous cultural practices, and the subsequent telling of this narrative, arekey enablers for Indigenous fathers to assist their families to flourish. We analyse qualitativedata from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children to explore what components/aspectsof Indigenous culture fathers perceive will assist children to strongly mature, how culture istransmitted, and what barriers fathers face in this process. Results show that according toparticipants, learning about culture, family and identity are components to helping childrenprosper, with collecting food the most common activity used to achieve this end.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Prehn, J and Guerzoni, M and Peacock, H
Keywords: Aboriginal Fathers, Indigenous children, content analysis, culture, family
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sociology
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1440-7833
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1440783320934188
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