Talk, Text and Technology is an ethnographic exploration of language, learning and literacy in remote Indigenous Australia. This unique work traces the historical transformation of one Indigenous group across four generations. The manner in which each generation adopts, adapts and incorporates new innovations and technologies into social practice and cultural processes is illuminated - from first mission contact and the introduction of literacy in the 1930s to youth media practices today. This book examines social, cultural and linguistic practices and addresses the implications for language and literacy socialisation.
Inge Kral is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at The Australian National University. Her work as an educator and researcher in Indigenous Australia for nearly three decades has ranged across literacy, applied linguistics, anthropology and new media.
Introduction PART I LIVING IN THE NOW Chapter 1 From Forgetting to Remembering Chapter 2 Transmitting Orality and Literacy as Cultural Practice PART II NEW FIGURED WORLDS Chapter 3 Mission Time: Adapting to the New Chapter 4 Everything was Different Because of the Changing Chapter 5 The Cultural Production of Literate Identities PART III PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE Chapter 6 The Meaning of Things in Time and Space Chapter 7 You Fellas Grow up in a Different World Conclusion