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Governing pluralistic liberal democratic societies and metis knowledge: the problem of Indigenous unemployment

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Di Giorgio, AV and Habibis, D, Governing pluralistic liberal democratic societies and metis knowledge: the problem of Indigenous unemployment, Journal of Sociology Article Epub ahead of print. ISSN 1440-7833 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1440783318766676

Abstract

High rates of unemployment among Indigenous Australians in comparison to non-Indigenous Australians have been rendered a public policy problem by successive Australian governments. The solutions are often coercive forms of neoliberal governance. However, where Indigenous people are driven by different motivations, ideas and aspirations in relation to work, Indigenous employment policies face the issue of epistemological dissonance. This article aims to contribute to understandings of unsuccessful Indigenous employment policy outcomes by introducing a new conceptualisation of policy and governance limitations and social action. An overview of governmentality literature is coupled with a review of the concept of metis knowledge – a form of know-how that comes from contextualised, practical experience – and its role in limiting the aims of governance. Indigenous employment policy that governs through pedagogical technologies applied to the Indigenous workforce demonstrates this limitation through its assumptions that the metis knowledge required to become ‘work-ready’ can be transferred unproblematically.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Indigenous, employment, governance, Indigenous policy, pedagogy
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare
Author:Di Giorgio, AV (Mr Alexander Di Giorgio)
Author:Habibis, D (Associate Professor Daphne Habibis)
ID Code:125924
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP130100622)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-05-15
Last Modified:2018-12-03
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