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The vexed link between social capital and social mobility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


Walter, M, The vexed link between social capital and social mobility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 50, (1) pp. 69-88. ISSN 0157-6321 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/j.1839-4655.2015.tb00335.x


In First World colonised nations such as Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, population statistics form the evidentiary base for how Indigenous peoples are known and ‘managed’ through state policy approaches. Yet, population statistics are not a neutral counting. Decisions of what and how to count reflect particular assumptions about Indigenous identity, ways of life and wellbeing. More often than not, the requirements and priorities of government take precedence over the informational needs and priorities of Indigenous communities. Whereas National Statistics Offices (NSOs) once rendered Indigenous peoples invisible in official statistics through non-recognition, the more pressing problem in the 21st century is that of misrecognition. In seeking to move beyond statistical misrecognition, we propose a set of guiding principles for bringing government reporting frameworks and Indigenous concepts of identity and wellbeing into closer proximity. We argue that a principled approach to collecting, disseminating and analysing Indigenous data not only avoids misrecognising Indigenous peoples but enhances the functionality of official statistics for Indigenous peoples and NSOs alike

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
ID Code:106577
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-02-15
Last Modified:2016-05-20

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