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Ideology in public policy : an examination of aggressive paternalism and enculturation in Indigenous assistance programs

Thompson, Lester J. & Hil, Richard (2007) Ideology in public policy : an examination of aggressive paternalism and enculturation in Indigenous assistance programs. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2(2), pp. 421-430.

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Abstract

Although Australian Government officially rejected a paternal assimilation strategy as public policy in the late 1960s, its policy increasingly encourages Indigenous people to adopt 'mainstream' values and objectives. This paper examines contemporary Australian policy directions for their desire to promote conformity. By exploring recent policy responses to Indigenous affairs it considers the resistance that ideologically-imposed objectives foment in subject populations. The paper highlights the weakness of coercive approaches to public policy. The discussion concludes that imposed problem definitions and solutions will not satisfy the needs that liberal traditions uphold as the social agenda of western democratic Government. More importantly, they fail to address the needs and aspirations of Australia's Indigenous people in any meaningful way.

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ID Code: 13569
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Permission to republish or reproduce should be sought from Common Ground.
Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal, policy, social, planning, reconciliation, paternalism, colonialism, practical reconciliation, Australia, Australian, Ideology
ISSN: 1833-1882
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Lester J. Thompson and Richard Hil
Deposited On: 16 May 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:37

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