Exploring Indigenous social attitudes and priorities in Australia

Thompson, Lester, Fredericks, Bronwyn L., Wadley, David, Bean, Clive S., & Walter, Maggie (2012) Exploring Indigenous social attitudes and priorities in Australia. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 15(1), pp. 64-75.

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Given significant government attention to, and expenditure on, Indigenous equity in Australia, this article addresses a core problem: the lack of a sound understanding of Indigenous social attitudes and priorities. An account of cultural theory raises the likelihood of difference in outlook between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, including those making and implementing policy. Yet, years of scholarly research and official statistical collections have overlooked potentially critical aspects of Indigineity. Suggestions of difference emerge from reference to the 2007 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA). If the attitudes recorded a small sample in this instrument manifest in the Indigenous population at large, policy priorities and directions should be reviewed and possibly revised. Despite inherent methodological difficulties, the article calls for targeted social attitude research among Australia's Indigenous peoples so that future policy can be better oriented and calibrated. The national benefits would outweigh the costs via better directed policy making.

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ID Code: 48686
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social Attitudes, Priorities, Outlook , Indigenous, non-Indigenous, AuSSA, Australia, Research
ISSN: 1440-5202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, School of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Monash University
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2012 03:50
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 14:36

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