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From Indigenous cultural recognition to economic mainstreaming : a case study of Indigenous Australian communities

Thompson, Lester J. & Hil, Richard (2008) From Indigenous cultural recognition to economic mainstreaming : a case study of Indigenous Australian communities. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3(2), pp. 131-138.

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Abstract

Significant (2007) policy prescriptions were proposed solutions for the social problems of Australian remote Indigenous communities. These are contiguous with certain descriptions of contemporary neoliberal policy orthodoxy. Though these ideas are viewed by advocates as constituting a ‘new’ approach to Indigenous affairs they resemble policy approaches which have encouraged Indigenous assimilation into a 'mainstream' society. Such an approach seems like common-sense from within this mainstream neoliberal world-view, but when viewed critically is epistemologically flawed, culturally chauvinistic, and contains within it the seeds of more rather than less problems. This paper examines contemporary views of Australian Federal Government policy intentions for remote Indigenous Australians. It critiques some specific value-based interpretations of Indigenous behavior and the processes which are assumed strategies for behavioral change. The paper highlights logical issues in such policy approaches and ends in some general recommendations for social policy.

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ID Code: 14711
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: indigenous, social, policy, aboriginal, public, intervention, neoliberal, neoliberalism, assimilation, social work, social policy, Australian, government
ISSN: 1833-1882
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Public Economics- Public Choice (140213)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Welfare Economics (140219)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > ANTHROPOLOGY (160100) > Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104)
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) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society (169902)
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) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Lester J. Thompson and Richard Hil / Common Ground granted exclusive license to publish.
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:46

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