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Which way that empowerment? : Aboriginal women's narratives of empowerment

Fredericks, Bronwyn L. (2008) Which way that empowerment? : Aboriginal women's narratives of empowerment. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 4(2), pp. 6-19.

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Abstract

Empowerment is a complex concept that draws on education, psychological, social learning, social-structure and socio-ecological theories from a range of disciplines. It has multiple applications and its approaches can be used to highlight and address power relations, social exclusion, marginalisation and inequity. Despite this, the word empowerment is often misunderstood and in Australia its use is often framed from within the dominant culture. There are a limited number of studies that explore what Aboriginal Australians understand empowerment for themselves. This article presents the narratives from in-depth, semi-structured, face-to-face interviews with Aboriginal women in Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Their words resonate some of their experiences and understandings of empowerment and the on-going impacts of Australia’s colonial history on their everyday lives and why empowerment approaches are vital.

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ID Code: 17329
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Empowerment, Aboriginal, Indigenous, Women, Health, Experiences, Narratives, Australia
ISSN: 1174-1740
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Gender Specific Studies (169901)
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)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Bronwyn Fredericks
Deposited On: 07 Aug 2009 10:55
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:58

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