Research

Aboriginal Community Archives: A Case Study in Ethical Community Research

Book Chapter: ‘Aboriginal Community Archives: A Case Study in Ethical Community Research’, in  Gilliland, A.J., McKemmish, S. and Lau, A.J., 2017. Research in the Archival Multiverse. Monash University Publishing.

Gilliland, A.J., McKemmish, S. and Lau, A.J., 2017. Research in the Archival Multiverse. Monash University Publishing.

Abstract: Aboriginal individuals and communities are heavily documented in archival collections throughout Australia. In New South Wales (NSW) significant material has been collected on Aboriginal communities that document personal, family and community histories. Many Aboriginal people are accessing these collections and returning copies to their communities so that they can be used as a local resource. In addition to this, there is strong community interest in establishing Aboriginal community archives. As a case study in ethical community research, this chapter will discuss the research approach, design and methods that were employed to explore the archival needs of the Aboriginal community in Singleton, NSW. The chapter will discuss the rationale for designing community-based research that is respectful of the Aboriginal community. In the case study, an ethical community research approach was vital to the full engagement and participation of the community in identifying issues and aspirations relating to the establishment of an Aboriginal community archive, and exercising control over the management of their cultural heritage. In exploring this approach the chapter will provide insight into the methods and techniques used, and their effectiveness in conducting partnership research. In addition, it will discuss the importance of self-reflection and immersive research methods as essential components of conducting meaningful and outcome based community research.

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