The new edition of Margaret S. Bain’s book White Men Are Liars, is titled Adapting to Difference; Another look at Aboriginal-Western interactions.
Margaret S. Bain investigates cross-cultural communication and the assumptions which inform the understandings and misunderstandings between Traditional Aborigines and Westerners. This books asks to be read and re-read as part of a continuous practice of reflection of these relationships, and the stories we all share. The social, cultural, historical, educational, spiritual, linguistic and spiritual diversity of the communities of Central Australia makes this region endlessly fascinating, incredibly enriching, and very demanding. The relationships, experiences, insights and stories shared by individuals like Margaret Bain, are invaluable, such works are a very helpful and generous contributions to our collective consciousness. Read it.
The following excerpts are examples of scenarios used in the book to help discuss the many layers of meaning active in cross-cultural communication.
You can find the book at Red Kangaroo book store, Alice Springs
Feature image from the cover of Adapting to Difference; Another look at Aboriginal-Western interactions, 2006