Aboriginal Suicide is Different

Adopting a historical and anthropological approach to suicide in Australia and New Zealand, this study documents the rate of suicide among Aboriginal people, which is among the world's highest.


Author: Colin Tatz

Publisher: ISBS

ISBN: 0855754982

Category: Psychology

Page: 191

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Adopting a historical and anthropological approach to suicide in Australia and New Zealand, this study documents the rate of suicide among Aboriginal people, which is among the world's highest.

Aboriginal Suicide is Different

A Report to the Criminology Research Council on CRC Project 25/96-7, including research on origins, prevalence, the nature and the social factors.




ISBN: OCLC:690698853

Category: Aboriginal Australians


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A Report to the Criminology Research Council on CRC Project 25/96-7, including research on origins, prevalence, the nature and the social factors.

Indigenous People Race Relations and Australian Sport

16 See Tatz, Genocide in Australia and 'Aboriginal Suicide is Different'. 17 Marx, The Social Context of Violent Behavior, 2–6. 18 Turnbull, The Mountain People. 19 Tatz, 'Aborigines', 28. 20 See Tatz, 'Pessimism in Australian Race ...


Author: Christopher J. Hallinan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134904495

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

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The Indigenous peoples of Australia have a proud history of participation and the achievement of excellence in Australian sports. Historically, Australian sports have provided a rare and important social context in which Indigenous Australians could engage with and participate in non-Indigenous society. Today, Indigenous Australian people in sports continue to provide important points of reference around which national public dialogue about racial and cultural relations in Australia takes place. Yet much media coverage surrounding these issues and almost all academic interest concerning Indigenous people and Australian sports is constructed from non-Indigenous perspectives. With a few notable exceptions, the racial and cultural implications of Australian sports as viewed from an Indigenous Australian Studies perspective remains understudied. The media coverage and academic discussion of Indigenous people and Australian sports is largely constructed within the context of Anglo-Australian nationalist discourse, and becomes most emphasised when reporting on aspects of ‘racial and cultural’ explanations of Indigenous sporting excellence and failures associated anomalous behaviour. This book investigates the many ways that Indigenous Australians have engaged with Australian sports and the racial and cultural readings that have been associated with these engagements. Questions concerning the importance that sports play in constructions of Australian indigeneities and the extent to which these have been maintained as marginal to Australian national identity are the central critical themes of this book. This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.

The Pain of Unbelonging

... in teenage Aboriginal suicide rates, Colin Tatz establishes a direct link between the problems suffered by contemporary Aborigines and the fact that their lives since colonization have been in every respect “separate and inferior” ...


Author: Sheila Collingwood-Whittick

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042021877

Category: History

Page: 210

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Beyond the obvious and enduring socio-economic ravages it unleashed on indigenous cultures, white settler colonization in Australasia also inflicted profound damage on the collective psyche of both of the communities that inhabited the contested space of the colonial world. The acute sense of alienation that colonization initially provoked in the colonized and colonizing populations of Australia and New Zealand has, recent studies indicate, developed into an endemic, existential pathology. Evidence of the psychological fallout from the trauma of geographical deracination, cultural disorientation and ontological destabilization can be found not only in the state of anomie and self-destructive patterns of behaviour that now characterize the lives of indigenous Australian and Maori peoples, but also in the perpetually faltering identity-discourse and cultural rootlessness of the present descendants of the countries' Anglo-Celtic settlers. It is with the literary expression of this persistent condition of alienation that the essays gathered in the present volume are concerned. Covering a heterogeneous selection of contemporary Australasian literature, what these critical studies convincingly demonstrate is that, more than two hundred years after the process of colonisation was set in motion, the experience that Germaine Greer has dubbed 'the pain of unbelonging' continues unabated, constituting a dominant thematic concern in the writing produced today by Australian and New Zealand authors.

Chee Chee

Benjamin Chee Chee lived with anger and frustration for more than thirty years before he took his own life.


Author: Al Evans

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773571785

Category: Psychology

Page: 168

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Benjamin Chee Chee lived with anger and frustration for more than thirty years before he took his own life. An Ojibway artist who killed himself just as he was beginning to gain international recognition, Chee Chee is one of the thousands of aboriginal peoples in Canada who have commited suicide. Noted suicidologist and former RCMP officer Al Evans explores Chee Chee's wild, reckless, creative life to reveal how the clash between Native and White society has affected the suicide rate of young Native men and women, now among the highest in the world. Using his in-depth understanding of Native self-destructive behaviour and information from interviews with Chee Chee's mother, close friends, and fellow artists, Evans shows that understanding Benjamin's suicide requires moving beyond psychological analysis to include the damage that contact with White society has caused Native culture, heritage, status, and meaning of life. Evans argues that White society needs to understand these dynamics to be involved in the healing process of Aboriginal peoples in Canada - or to at least avoid hindering their recovery.

Genocide Perspectives VI

Apart from a literal handful of cases, there was no record of Aboriginal suicides before 1960,407 and suicide had no place in any Aboriginal belief systems, ... My book Aboriginal Suicide is Different was first published in 2001.


Author: Nikki Marczak

Publisher: UTS ePRESS

ISBN: 9780977520046

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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Genocide Perspectives VI grapples with two core themes: the personal toll of genocide, and processes that facilitate the crime. From political choices governments and leaders make, through to denialism and impunity, the crime of genocide recurs again and again, across the globe. At what cost to individuals and communities? What might the legacy of this criminality be? This collection of essays examines the personal sacrifice genocide takes from those who live through the trauma, and the generations that follow. Contributors speak to the way visual art and literature attempt to represent genocide, hoping to make sense of problematic histories while also offering a means of reflection after years of “slow violence” or silenced memories. Some authors generously allow us into their own histories, or contemplate how they may have experienced genocide had they been born in another time or place. What facets contribute to the processes that lead to, or enable the crime of genocide? This collection explores those processes through a variety of case studies and lenses. How do nurses, whose role is inherently linked to care and compassion, become mass killers? How do restrictions on religious freedom play a role in advancing genocidal policies, and why do perpetrators of genocide often target religious leaders? Why is it so important for Australia and other nations with histories of colonial genocide to acknowledge their past? Among the essays published in this volume, we have the privilege and the sorrow of publishing the very last essay Professor Colin Tatz wrote before his passing in 2019. His contribution reveals, yet again, the enormous influence of both his research and his original ideas on genocide. He reflects on continuing legacies for Indigenous Australian communities, with whom he worked for many decades, and adds nuance to contemporary understanding of the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust, two other cases to which he was deeply committed.

Book Review

The President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association reviews Professor Colin Tatz's book on Aboriginal suicide.


Author: Ray Jackson


ISBN: OCLC:902790786



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The President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association reviews Professor Colin Tatz's book on Aboriginal suicide.

The Gender of Suicide

Colin Tatz notes that 'no Aboriginal language or dialect has a noun corresponding to suicide, although ... the grammars may ... entitled Aboriginal Suicide is Different, Colin Tatz (2001) reveals another way of reading suicide methods.


Author: Katrina Jaworski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317030829

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Drawing on diverse theoretical and textual sources, The Gender of Suicide presents a critical study of the ways in which contemporary society understands suicide, exploring suicide across a range of key expert bodies of knowledge. With attention to Durkheim's founding study of suicide, as well as discourses within sociology, law, medicine, psy-knowledge and newsprint media, this book demonstrates that suicide cannot be understood without understanding how gender shapes it, and without giving explicit attention to the manner in which prevailing claims privilege some interpretations and experiences of suicide above others. Revealing the masculine and masculinist terms in which our current knowledge of suicide is constructed, The Gender of Suicide, explores the relationship between our grasp of suicide and problematic ideas connected to the body, agency, violence, race and sexuality. As such, it will appeal to sociologists and social theorists, as well as scholars of cultural studies, philosophy, law and psychology.

Dying from Improvement

Dan Zakreski, “Suicide Points to Study's Concern,” Star-Phoenix, 7 February 2000: A1. Colin Tatz, Aboriginal Suicide Is Different: A Portrait of Life and Self-Destruction (Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, 2001).


Author: Sherene Razack

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442625228

Category: Law

Page: 328

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No matter where in Canada they occur, inquiries and inquests into untimely Indigenous deaths in state custody often tell the same story. Repeating details of fatty livers, mental illness, alcoholic belligerence, and a mysterious incapacity to cope with modern life, the legal proceedings declare that there are no villains here, only inevitable casualties of Indigenous life. But what about a sixty-seven-year-old man who dies in a hospital in police custody with a large, visible, purple boot print on his chest? Or a barely conscious, alcoholic older man, dropped off by police in a dark alley on a cold Vancouver night? Or Saskatoon’s infamous and lethal starlight tours, whose victims were left on the outskirts of town in sub-zero temperatures? How do we account for the repeated failure to care evident in so many cases of Indigenous deaths in custody? In Dying from Improvement, Sherene H. Razack argues that, amidst systematic state violence against Indigenous people, inquiries and inquests serve to obscure the violence of ongoing settler colonialism under the guise of benevolent concern. They tell settler society that it is caring, compassionate, and engaged in improving the lives of Indigenous people – even as the incarceration rate of Indigenous men and women increases and the number of those who die in custody rises. Razack’s powerful critique of the Canadian settler state and its legal system speaks to many of today’s most pressing issues of social justice: the treatment of Indigenous people, the unparalleled authority of the police and the justice system, and their systematic inhumanity towards those whose lives they perceive as insignificant.

Youth Suicide in Indian Country

Commissioner's Office : Anchorage . programs . Suicide and Life - Threatening Behavior , 37 ( Suppl . ) , Tatz , C. ( 2001 ) . Aboriginal suicide is different : A portrait of life 132-149 . and self - destruction .


Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Indian Affairs (1993- )


ISBN: UOM:39015090379622

Category: Government publications

Page: 354

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Suicide: A 15-year review of the sociological literature, Part II: Modernization and social integration perspectives. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 30, 163–176. Tatz, C. (2005). Aboriginal suicide is different: A portrait of life ...


Author: David Lester

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 9780398087951

Category: Psychology

Page: 394

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The goal of this book is to explore the phenomenon of suicide, focusing on males who are at a greater risk than females. Scholars and mental health professionals continue to have the tendency to ignore men and focus instead on the more narrow demographic groups. Attention is drawn to the lack of help-seeking behavior exhibited by men as well as the numerous recommendations for the prevention of male suicide. The issues specific to male suicide includes the atypical nature of male depression, the role of loneliness, drug and alcohol abuse, the male hormone (testosterone), and men’s preferred method for suicide (guns). Suicide in specific groups of men, including male athletes, soldiers, mass and serial murderers, suicide bombers, murder-suicides, and famous creative men, is discussed in great detail. In addition, the text explores the many and varied reasons for suicide in gay men and in ethnic minorities. The invited contributors provide a cross-cultural viewpoint with essays on male suicide in Australia, China, Ghana, Palestine, and Uganda. Two examples are given for potential programs that appear to be effective for men: Mates in Construction which was designed to help construction workers in Australia, and Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) training. The book concludes with discussions of how to prevent suicide in men, a group known to deny the existence of personal problems and is reluctant to seek help. With three illustrations and 19 tables, this book will be an excellent resource for crisis interveners, researchers, counseling centers, mental health professionals, and human service providers.

Australian Aboriginal Studies

So is Aboriginal suicide different , as Tatz has contended ? A yes / no response is not possible . Tatz elsewhere cautions against attempting to match the experience of Aboriginal with nonAboriginal persons , arguing that there are no ...




ISBN: NWU:35556037540135

Category: Aboriginal Australians


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Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry

Tatz (2005/2012) called his book Aboriginal Suicide Is Different. This was in order to dissociate Aboriginal suicide from the dominant biomedical understanding in 'the West'. He maintained that the medical model was inappropriate for ...


Author: Dinesh Bhugra

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316628508

Category: Medical

Page: 670

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The textbook offers comprehensive understanding of the impact of cultural factors and differences on mental illness and its treatment.

Youth Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship

Aboriginal Suicide Is Different: A Portrait of Life and Selfdestruction (2nd ed.). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press. Tatz, C., 2011. Genocide in Australia: By Accident or Design? Indigenous Human Rights and History: Occasional Papers ...


Author: Peter Aggleton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351214728

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Sexual citizenship is a powerful concept associated with debates about recognition and exclusion, agency, respect and accountability. For young people in general and for gender and sexually diverse youth in particular, these debates are entangled with broader imaginings of social transitions: from ‘child’ to ‘adult’and from ‘unreasonable subject’ to one ‘who can consent’. This international and interdisciplinary collection identifies and locates struggles for recognition and inclusion in particular contexts and at particular moments in time, recognising that sexual and gender diverse young people are neither entirely vulnerable nor self-reliant. Focusing on the numerous domains in which debates about youth, sexuality and citizenship are enacted and contested, Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship explores young people’s experiences in diverse but linked settings: in the family, at school and in college, in employment, in social media and through engagement with health services. Bookended by reflections from Jeffrey Weeks and and Susan Talburt, the book’s empirically grounded chapters also engage with the key debates outlined in it's scholarly introduction. This innovative book is of interest to students and scholars of gender and sexuality, health and sex education, and youth studies, from a range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds, including sociology, education, nursing, social work and youth work.

Binan Goonj

Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra Tatz C 2001 Aboriginal suicide is different. AIATSIS, Canberra Thompson N, Murray R, Ring I, Garrow S 2003 Aboriginal health status. In: Couzos S, Murray RB, eds. Aboriginal Primary Health Care: An ...


Author: Anne-Katrin Eckermann

Publisher: Elsevier Australia

ISBN: 9780729539364

Category: Medical

Page: 239

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The troubled state of Aboriginal health in Australia is a seemingly perennial problem, despite ongoing research, policies and interventions. The second edition of this book examines the processes and practices behind this situation, and provides practical strategies to assist in addressing this complex subject.

Children and the Environment in an Australian Indigenous Community

What does it mean to say that Aboriginal suicide is different? Differing cultures, accounts, and idioms of distress in the context of Indigenous youth suicide. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 34–53. Rose, D. B. (1996).


Author: Angela Kreutz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317807520

Category: Psychology

Page: 242

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Aboriginal children represent one of the fastest growing population segments in Australia, yet the lives of Aboriginal children in their environment has rarely been subjected to systematic and in-depth study. In this book, Angela Kreutz considers the relationship between the environment, attachment and development in indigenous children, examining theoretical constructs and conceptual models by empirically road testing these ideas within a distinct cultural community. The book presents the first empirical study on Australian Aboriginal children’s lives from within the field of child-environment studies, employing an environmental psychology perspective, combined with architectural and anthropological understandings. Chapters offer valuable insights into participatory planning and design solutions concerning Aboriginal children in their distinct community environment, and the cross-cultural character of the case study illuminates the commonalities of child development, as well as recognising the uniqueness that stems from specific histories in specific places. Children and the Environment in an Australian Indigenous Community makes significant theoretical, methodological and practical contributions to the international cross disciplinary field of child-environment studies. It will be of key interest to researchers from the fields of environmental, ecological, developmental and social psychology, as well as anthropologists, sociologists, and those studying the environment and planning.

Rutter s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Family therapy techniques with adolescent suicide attempters. ... An intervention trial to improve adherence to community treatment by adolescents after a suicide attempt. ... Aboriginal suicide is different.


Author: Sir Michael J. Rutter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444358711

Category: Medical

Page: 1248

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Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has become an established and accepted textbook of child psychiatry. Now completely revised and updated, the fifth edition provides a coherent appraisal of the current state of the field to help trainee and practising clinicians in their daily work. It is distinctive in being both interdisciplinary and international, in its integration of science and clinical practice, and in its practical discussion of how researchers and practitioners need to think about conflicting or uncertain findings. This new edition now offers an entirely new section on conceptual approaches, and several new chapters, including: neurochemistry and basic pharmacology brain imaging health economics psychopathology in refugees and asylum seekers bipolar disorder attachment disorders statistical methods for clinicians This leading textbook provides an accurate and comprehensive account of current knowledge, through the integration of empirical findings with clinical experience and practice, and is essential reading for professionals working in the field of child and adolescent mental health, and clinicians working in general practice and community pediatric settings.

Making Sense of Suicide

99. 7 J.P. Liégeois, Roma, Gypsies, Travellers, S. Ní Shúinéir (trans), Strasbourg: Council of Europe, 1994, pp. 83-88. 8Ibid, p. 83. 9C. Tatz, Aboriginal Suicide is different, Criminology Research Council, Sydney, 1999. 10Ibid, p. 79.



Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9781848880689

Category: Social Science


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