Analysing Informal Conversations in “Yarning Circles” to Explore Money and What It Means to Indigenous People Living in Remote Australia.

This dataset highlights how “yarning circles,” an informal, culturally informed alternative to focus groups, can be used to explore sensitive topics with Indigenous participants living in remote communities. The data were gathered by Vinita Godinho between July 2011 and August 2014, as part of her doctoral studies at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia).

Based on a grounded theory approach, the chapter focuses on how storytelling and informal conversations can yield valuable insights into the Indigenous participants’ thoughts and feelings about money, a topic which is often avoided, as it invokes the traumatic history of dispossession and marginalisation during the colonisation of Australia. It also highlights how silence is an important part of language, meaning, and action in traditional Indigenous culture. The dataset file is accompanied by a Student Guide and Teaching Guide.

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Vinita Godinho