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Interculturality, postethnicity and the Aboriginal Australian policy future


Moore, TC, Interculturality, postethnicity and the Aboriginal Australian policy future, Ethnicities, 16, (5) pp. 712-732. ISSN 1468-7968 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1468796815584422


Though now under some challenge, the policy orthodoxy in Australian Aboriginal affairs since the 1970s has been progressive in its social justice orientation, postcolonial in its amelioration of the colonial legacy, and culturalist in its privileging of ethnicity. In this paper I argue that its attempt to recover the past in the face of increasing postethnicity is becoming counter-productive, by stultifying cultural adaptation and compromising individuals’ capacity to engage with modernity. The notions of interculturality and postethnicity point to coexisting ancestral cultures, an imagined, symbolic national Aboriginality, and deep intersection with settler-Australia and the world, and so cultural ‘changing-sameness’ and simultaneous ‘bothness’. The paper argues that a dialectic of public policy and Aboriginal identity politics resists this lived reality, with negative effects. It proposes that a way forward is to engage more fully with the lived reality.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aboriginal, interculturality, postethnicity, public policy, identity politics, intercultural governance
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Public services policy advice and analysis
UTAS Author:Moore, TC (Dr Terry Moore)
ID Code:100874
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-06-02
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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