Ethnographic perspectives on the enumeration of aboriginal people in remote Australia

Ethnographic perspectives on the enumeration of aboriginal people in remote Australia Journal Article

Journal of the Australian Population Association

  • Author(s): Martin, D., Taylor, J.
  • Published: 1996
  • Volume: 13

Abstract: This paper compares population counts and age distributions from the last two Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) enumerations of the Aboriginal population of Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, with the results of detailed ethnographic surveys of the same population at similar points in time. This reveals substantially lower numbers for the ABS counts, particularly of young adults and children. Reasons for this discrepancy are sought in the ethnographic realities of remote indigenous communities and an alternative methodology for Aboriginal enumeration in remote regions is suggested.

Notes: historic perspective

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Martin, D., Taylor, J., 1996, Ethnographic perspectives on the enumeration of aboriginal people in remote Australia, Volume:13, Journal Article, viewed 13 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4338.

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