About Dr Gaynor Macdonald

Dr Macdonald works within two main fields of Anthropology: the Anthropology of the Nation State and Ethno-historical research. Both are at the cutting edge of the discipline, and of strategic national and global importance, engaging with core elements of the discipline.

Her field-based studies have focussed on the Wiradjuri Aboriginal people of central western NSW but extends to include south-eastern Australian Aboriginal experience. This field research is combined with policy-oriented and historical enquiry, producing an analysis of a people who have shared their continuously changing self-definitions over time, reshaping their worlds of meaning and practice within the ever-changing constraints of the Australian nation-state. Current work brings together themes of culture, conflict and governance in an ethnographically informed analysis of Wiradjuri experience over two centuries. Dr Macdonald has also conducted research in Japan, on minority issues and cultural diversity.

A long interest in personhood and change in the context of colonial subjectivities has led more recently to work on personhood and stigma in the context of ageing and dementia. Post-graduate supervision has included critical medical anthropology, domestic violence, cultural constructions of identity in the legal context of native title, race relations in rural Australia, and the experiences of Aboriginal youth.

Selected publications

For list of publications and downloads go to: https://sydney.academia.edu/GaynorMacdonald