The idea of re-integration of the Aboriginal is viewed from various angles/perspectives like ideologies, theories and faiths. Rolls noted that each and every aspect of the cultural practices of the Aboriginal life such as childrearing, family structure, burial practices and marriage among others is very different hence the need for its transformation and which will ensure that it conforms to the ideals and practices of the west (Rolls, 2009).
In summary, Rolls was saying that the Aboriginal cultural practices is outdated hence it needs to be “upgraded”. The dangers of cultural re-integration is that it would impossible for the future generation to trace their roots and understand their cultural history. The other dangers is that it would lead to cultural conflict more so for the Aboriginal since there are certain norms and practices in the western culture that are unacceptable and different from theirs (Aboriginal). The last danger might be the refusal by western people to accept them as one of them due to their long history of seclusion hence making the re-integration process problematic.
“Constructs Aborigines and their cultures in ways that serve his own interests and purpose.”
Lawlor’s interest and purpose was to bring about the idea that the western cultures need to reverted back to be the same like that one of the Aboriginal (Lawlor, 1991). In this book, Lawlor’s interest was not to romanticize the past or suggesting a return to the life of the hunter/gatherer, he was for the idea that people need to let go of their values, prejudices, and Eurocentrism (Lawlor, 1991). Lawlor argument also suggests that most of the problems that we have on earth are because of the western culture. Lawlor seemed to suggest that the Aboriginal culture makes it possible for people to live in peace with each other and with the earth.
Lawlor, R. (1991). Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Rochester, Vermont in the United States: Inner Traditions/Bear.
Rolls, M. (2009). Robert Lawlor tells a ‘white’ lie. Journal of Australian Studies, Vol 24 (66), pp 211-218.