Negotiating disability and colonisation : the lived experience of Indigenous Australians with a disability

King, J.A, Brough, M., & Knox, M. (2014) Negotiating disability and colonisation : the lived experience of Indigenous Australians with a disability. Disability & Society, 29(5), pp. 738-750.

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Disability among Indigenous Australians lies at a nexus between the ongoing impact of European settlement from 1788 and the social effects of living with a disability. Colonisation, with its political, social, economic and cultural concomitants, continues to impact on Indigenous experience, extending to the institutions and services concerned with disability. There is little attention paid to Indigenous Australian disability in general, and the need to decolonise disability has recently been emphasised. Ethnographic research in Brisbane, Australia among Indigenous people with a disability (mostly related to diabetes) confirms the ongoing impact of colonisation. While this experience pervades all aspects of their lives, it also moderates their experience of living with a disability in positive ways. However, while individuals can negotiate their personal experience of disability, the decolonisation of disability services presents challenges that need to be addressed.

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ID Code: 65510
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Indigenous Australians, decolonising, lived experience, ethnography, diabetes
DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.864257
ISSN: 1360-0508
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2013 23:45
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2014 01:14

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