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Revisiting neoliberalism: Aboriginal self-determination, education and cultural sustainability in Australia

Stanton, Sue, Adachi, Chie and Huijser, Henk 2015, Revisiting neoliberalism: Aboriginal self-determination, education and cultural sustainability in Australia, Sites : a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 107-129, doi: 10.11157/sites-vol12iss1id259.

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Title Revisiting neoliberalism: Aboriginal self-determination, education and cultural sustainability in Australia
Author(s) Stanton, Sue
Adachi, Chie
Huijser, Henk
Journal name Sites : a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 107
End page 129
Total pages 23
Publisher School of Global Studies, Massey University
Place of publication Palmerston North, N.Z.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1179-0237
Keyword(s) Aboriginal self-determination
neoliberalism
cultural sustainability
Aboriginal language development
Aboriginal education
Summary In this paper we discuss the ways in which successive governments have addressed Indigenous affairs, and we argue that the Australian approach is still firmly rooted in colonial attitudes and discourses. Although self-determination is a core concept of neoliberalism, the dominant political ideology for both Labor and Liberal parties in Australia since the 1980s, it does not extend to Indigenous affairs, which is firmly couched in colonial frameworks. In this paper specific examples of education and cultural sustainability (including language development and sustainability) are used as case studies to explore what genuine self-determination would mean in an Australian context. Overall, it is argued that an honest and real neoliberal approach takes political courage and vision, but would place the power to control Indigenous affairs in the hands of the people whose affairs we’re actually talking about
Language eng
DOI 10.11157/sites-vol12iss1id259
Field of Research 2002 Cultural Studies
1601 Anthropology
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, School of Global Studies, Massey University
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